A vulnerability has been reported in VMware VIX API, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges.
The vulnerability is caused due to a format string error in the "vmrun" utility when listing processes. This can be exploited to corrupt memory and potentially execute arbitrary code with escalated privileges.
The vulnerability is reported in VMware VIX API 1.6.x for Linux.
Solution: Update to version 1.7 or later.
Provided and/or discovered by: The vendor credits Thomas Toth-Steiner.
Original Advisory: VMSA-2010-0007:
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Subject: VMware VIX API "vmrun" Format String Vulnerability
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