Executive Summary

Title VMware Workstation host privilege escalation vulnerability
Name VMSA-2013-0013 First vendor Publication 2013-11-14
Vendor VMware Last vendor Modification 2013-11-14
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:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
Cvss Base Score 7.2 Attack Range Local
Cvss Impact Score 10 Attack Complexity Low
Cvss Expoit Score 3.9 Authentication None Required
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a. VMware shared library privilege escalation

VMware Workstation and VMware Player contain a vulnerability in the handling of shared libraries. This issue may allow a local malicious user to escalate their privileges to root on the host OS.

The vulnerability does not allow for privilege escalation from the Guest Operating System to the host or vice-versa.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2013-5972 to this issue.

Original Source

Url : http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2013-0013.html

CWE : Common Weakness Enumeration

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

CPE : Common Platform Enumeration

Application 3
Application 3

Information Assurance Vulnerability Management (IAVM)

Date Description
2013-11-21 IAVM : 2013-A-0221 - Multiple Vulnerabilties in VMware Player
Severity : Category II - VMSKEY : V0042382
2013-11-21 IAVM : 2013-A-0222 - Multiple Vulnerabilties in VMware Workstation
Severity : Category II - VMSKEY : V0042383

Nessus® Vulnerability Scanner

Date Description
2013-11-22 Name : The remote host contains software with a known, local privilege escalation vu...
File : vmware_player_linux_5_0_3.nasl - Type : ACT_GATHER_INFO
2013-11-22 Name : The remote host contains software with known, local privilege escalation vuln...
File : vmware_workstation_linux_9_0_3.nasl - Type : ACT_GATHER_INFO

Alert History

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Date Informations
2014-02-17 12:07:28
  • Multiple Updates
2013-11-25 17:21:15
  • Multiple Updates
2013-11-19 13:34:58
  • Multiple Updates
2013-11-18 13:23:56
  • Multiple Updates
2013-11-15 05:18:40
  • First insertion