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VMware hosted products address remote code execution vulnerability

VMware Security Advisory
Advisory ID: VMSA-2011-0011
Synopsis: VMware hosted products address remote code execution vulnerability
Issue date: 2011-10-04
Updated on: 2011-10-04
CVE numbers: CVE-2011-3868
1. Summary
Hosted product updates address a remote code execution vulnerability in the way UDF file systems are handled
2. Relevant releases

VMware Workstation 7.1.4 and earlier
VMware Player 3.1.4 and earlier
VMware Fusion 3.1.2 and earlier
3. Problem Description
a. UDF file system import remote code execution
A buffer overflow vulnerability is present in the way UDF file systems are handled. This issue could allow for code execution if a user installs from a malicious ISO image that was specially crafted by an attacker.

VMware would like to thank an anonymous contributor working with the SecuriTeam Secure Disclosure program for reporting this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned the name CVE-2011-3868 to the issue.

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

Replace with/
Apply Patch
============= ======= ======= =================
vCenter any Windows not affected
Workstation 8.x any not affected
Workstation 7.x any 7.1.5 or later
Player 3.x any 3.1.5  or later
AMS any any patch pending
Fusion 4.x Mac OS/X not affected
Fusion 3.1.x Mac OS/X 3.1.3 or later
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX any ESX not affected

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

VMware Workstation 7.1.5

Release notes:

VMware Workstation for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit with VMware Tools
md5sum: 40a0a39377a6ba804d5e76e59449d51f
sha1sum: 25462e18bf9439876c63948415f7ba7b09baa8e6

VMware Workstation for Linux 32-bit with VMware Tools
md5sum: 9c9b4d7a749f1baa485f26e6f366c070
sha1sum: 31033424656b8eaaa814f3e9c3b5b9c5c53b783b

VMware Workstation for Linux 64-bit with VMware Tools
md5sum: 482b8b2890f75488addfc31418031864
sha1sum: b1f73650f70c94249e5add5d9516d0e45c4ae87d

VMware Player 3.1.5

Release notes:

VMware Player for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows

md5sum: fcc91227963e58efcb63fb791d2fd813
sha1sum: d39d9da694c22530a7fa701e3ded6cccdc3ea390

VMware Player for 32-bit Linux
md5sum: c96867c8093d23065bed7e71e020bb19
sha1sum: 4156bdfb7f679114671b416d178028fdc4d3beb4

VMware Player for 64-bit Linux
md5sum: 1ec954f1baaf6a60e451979b5e88f2d6
sha1sum: a253a486d6c6848620de200ef1837ced903daa1c

VMware Fusion 3.1.3
Release Notes:

VMware Fusion for Intel-based Macs
md5sum: f35ac5c15354723468257d2a48dc4f76
sha1sum: 3c849a62c45551fddb16eebf298cef7279d622a9

6. Change log
2011-10-04 VMSA-2011-0011
Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of VMware Workstation 7.1.5 and Player 3.1.5 on 2011-10-04.
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