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VMware Workstation host privilege escalation vulnerability

VMware Security Advisory
Advisory ID: VMSA-2013-0013
Synopsis: VMware Workstation host privilege escalation vulnerability
Issue date: 2013-11-14
Updated on: 2013-11-14 (initial advisory)
CVE numbers: CVE-2013-5972
1. Summary

VMware has updated VMware Workstation and VMware Player to address a 
vulnerability that could result in an escalation of privilege on 
Linux-based host machines.

2. Relevant releases
VMware Workstation for Linux 9.x prior to version 9.0.3
VMware Player for Linux 5.x prior to version 5.0.3
3. Problem Description
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 (
has assigned the name CVE-2013-5972 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 10.x Linux not affected
Workstation 9.x Linux 9.0.3
Player 6.x Linux not affected
Player 5.x Linux 5.0.3
Fusion any Mac/OS not affected
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 9.x

VMware Player 5.x

6. Change log
2013-11-14 VMSA-2013-0013
Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of
an updated version of VMware Workstation 9 and VMware Player 5.
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