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VMware Products "vmware-mount" Privilege Escalation Security Issues

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Release Date:  2010-12-03    Views:  3,319

Secunia Advisory SA42453

Where:

Local system

Impact:

Privilege escalation

Solution Status:

Vendor Patch

CVE Reference(s):

Description


Some security issues have been reported in VMware Workstation, Player, and Fusion, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges.

1) Race conditions within the "vmware-mount" utility when handling temporary files during the mounting process can be exploited to e.g. create files or directories.

2) An error within the "vmware-mount" utility when loading libraries can be exploited execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

Note: The security issues only affect the Linux version of VMware Workstation and Player and VMware Fusion for Mac OS/X.


Solution:
Update to a patched version.

Further details available to Secunia VIM customers

Provided and/or discovered by:
1) Dan Rosenberg
2) The vendor credits Martin Carpenter

Original Advisory:
VMSA-2010-0018:
http://lists.vmware.com/pipermail/security-announce/2010/000112.html

1) http://www.cs.brown.edu/people/drosenbe/research.html

Deep Links:
Links available to Secunia VIM customers

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