Executive Summary

Summary
TitleVMware Workstation host privilege escalation vulnerability
Informations
NameVMSA-2013-0010First vendor Publication2013-08-22
VendorVMwareLast vendor Modification2013-08-22
Severity (Vendor) N/ARevisionN/A

Security-Database Scoring CVSS v2

Cvss vector : (AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
Cvss Base Score6.9Attack RangeLocal
Cvss Impact Score10Attack ComplexityMedium
Cvss Expoit Score3.4AuthenticationNone Required
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Detail

a. VMware mount privilege escalation

VMware Workstation and Player contain a vulnerability in the handling of the vmware-mount command. A local malicious user may exploit this vulnerability to escalate their privileges to root on the host OS. The issue is present when Workstation or Player are installed on a Debian-based version of Linux.

The vulnerability does not allow for privilege escalation from the Guest Operating System to the host or vice-versa. This means that host memory can not be manipulated from the Guest Operating System.

Workaround A workaround for the issue is to remove the setuid bit from vmware-mount:

# chmod u-s /usr/bin/vmware-mount

This workaround is relevant for both Workstation and Player.

VMware would like to thank Tavis Ormandy from the Google Security Team for reporting this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2013-1662 to this issue.

Original Source

Url : http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2013-0010.html

CWE : Common Weakness Enumeration

%idName
100 %CWE-264Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

CPE : Common Platform Enumeration

TypeDescriptionCount
Application11
Application12

Metasploit Database

idDescription
2013-08-22 VMWare Setuid vmware-mount Unsafe popen(3)

Nessus® Vulnerability Scanner

DateDescription
2014-11-26Name : The remote OracleVM host is missing one or more security updates.
File : oraclevm_OVMSA-2013-0010.nasl - Type : ACT_GATHER_INFO

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2014-11-27 13:28:45
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2013-08-26 21:24:09
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2013-08-24 13:21:51
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2013-08-23 09:18:47
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