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NEW VMSA-2013-0010 VMware Workstation host privilege escalation vulnerability

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                  VMware Security Advisory

Advisory ID: VMSA-2013-0010
Synopsis:    VMware Workstation host privilege escalation vulnerability
Issue date:  2013-08-22
Updated on:  2013-08-22 (initial advisory)
CVE numbers: CVE-2013-1662

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1. Summary

  VMware Workstation and VMware Player address a vulnerability in the
  vmware-mount component which could result in a privilege escalation
  on linux-based host machines.

2. Relevant releases

  VMware Workstation 9.x
  VMware Workstation 8.x
VMware Player 5.x
  VMware Player 4.x

3. Problem Description

  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

     A workaround for the issue is to remove the setuid bit from
# 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.

     Column 4 of the following table lists the action required to
     remediate the vulnerability in each release, if a solution is

       VMware          Product   Running   Replace with/
       Product         Version   on        Apply Patch
       =============   =======   =======   =================
       Workstation     9.x       Linux *   See section 4. Solution
       Workstation     8.x       Linux *   See section 4. Solution
Player 4.x Linux * See section 4. Solution
   Player          5.x       Linux *   See section 4. Solution
Fusion any Mac/OS Not affected ESXi any ESXi Not affected ESX any ESX Not affected

     * The issue is present if Workstation or Player is installed on a
       Debian-based version of Linux (e.g. Ubuntu).

4. Solution

  Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version
  and verify the checksum of your downloaded file.

  VMware Workstation 9.x, 8.x
https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation To remediate the issue, replace /usr/bin/vmware-mount on the host
  with a fixed version present in the Drivers and Tools tab of the
  download page for Workstation listed above.

  VMware Player 5.x, 4.x
To remediate the issue, replace /usr/bin/vmware-mount on the host
  with a fixed version present in the Drivers and Tools tab of the
  download page for Player listed above.

5. References


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6. Change log

  2013-08-22 VMSA-2013-0010
  Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of
  an updated version of vmware-mount for Workstation 8 and
  Workstation 9 and Player 4 and Player 5.


7. Contact

  E-mail list for product security notifications and announcements:

  This Security Advisory is posted to the following lists:

  * security-announce at lists.vmware.com
  * bugtraq at securityfocus.com
  * full-disclosure at lists.grok.org.uk

  E-mail: security at vmware.com
  PGP key at: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1055

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  Copyright 2013 VMware Inc. All rights reserved.

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