Advisory Published

CVE-2022-31681: Null Pointer Dereference

First published: Fri Oct 07 2022(Updated: )

VMware ESXi contains a null-pointer deference vulnerability. A malicious actor with privileges within the VMX process only, may create a denial of service condition on the host.


Affected SoftwareAffected VersionHow to fix
VMware Cloud Foundation>=4.2<
VMware Cloud Foundation=4.4
VMware Cloud Foundation=4.4.1
VMware Cloud Foundation=
VMware ESXi<7.0
VMware ESXi=7.0
VMware ESXi=7.0-beta
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_1
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_1a
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_1b
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_1c
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_1d
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_1e
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_2
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_2a
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_2c
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_2d
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_2e
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_3c
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_3d
VMware ESXi=7.0-update_3e

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is CVE-2022-31681?

    CVE-2022-31681 is a null-pointer deference vulnerability in VMware ESXi that can be exploited by a malicious actor to create a denial of service condition on the host.

  • Which software is affected by CVE-2022-31681?

    VMware ESXi versions 7.0 and VMware Cloud Foundation versions 4.2 to and 4.4 to are affected by CVE-2022-31681.

  • What is the severity of CVE-2022-31681?

    CVE-2022-31681 has a severity rating of 6.5 (medium).

  • How can a malicious actor exploit CVE-2022-31681?

    A malicious actor with privileges within the VMX process can exploit CVE-2022-31681 to create a denial of service condition on the host.

  • Where can I find more information about CVE-2022-31681?

    You can find more information about CVE-2022-31681 at the following reference link: [VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2022-0025](


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