Executive Summary

Title VMware Workstation host privilege escalation vulnerability
Name VMSA-2013-0010 First vendor Publication 2013-08-22
Vendor VMware Last vendor Modification 2013-08-22
Severity (Vendor) N/A Revision N/A

Security-Database Scoring CVSS v3

Cvss vector : N/A
Overall CVSS Score NA
Base Score NA Environmental Score NA
impact SubScore NA Temporal Score NA
Exploitabality Sub Score NA
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Security-Database Scoring CVSS v2

Cvss vector : (AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
Cvss Base Score 6.9 Attack Range Local
Cvss Impact Score 10 Attack Complexity Medium
Cvss Expoit Score 3.4 Authentication None Required
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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

% Id Name
100 % CWE-264 Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

CPE : Common Platform Enumeration

Application 11
Application 12

Metasploit Database

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

Nessus® Vulnerability Scanner

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

Alert History

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Date Informations
2020-05-23 13:17:15
  • Multiple Updates
2014-11-27 13:28:45
  • Multiple Updates
2014-01-03 17:19:09
  • Multiple Updates
2013-08-26 21:24:09
  • Multiple Updates
2013-08-24 13:21:51
  • Multiple Updates
2013-08-23 09:18:47
  • First insertion