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VMSA-2015-0005

VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows updates address a host privilege escalation vulnerability

VMware Security Advisory
Advisory ID: VMSA-2015-0005
Synopsis: VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows updates address a host privilege escalation vulnerability
Issue date: 2015-07-09
Updated on: 2015-07-09 (Initial Advisory)
CVE numbers: CVE-2015-3650
1. Summary
VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows updates address a host privilege escalation vulnerability.
2. Relevant Releases
VMware Workstation for Windows 11.x prior to version 11.1.1
VMware Workstation for Windows 10.x prior to version 10.0.7
VMware Player for Windows 7.x prior to version 7.1.1
VMware Player for Windows 6.x prior to version 6.0.7
VMware Horizon Client for Windows (with Local Mode Option) prior to version 5.4.2
3. Problem Description
a. VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows host privilege escalation vulnerability.

VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows do not set a discretionary access control list (DACL) for one of their processes. This may allow a local attacker to elevate their privileges and execute code in the security context of the affected process.

VMware would like to thank Kyriakos Economou of Nettitude for reporting this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2015-3650 to this issue.

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

VMware Product Product Version Running on
Replace with/ Apply Patch
===== ===== ====== ==================
VMware Workstation 11.x Windows
11.1.1
VMware Workstation 10.x
Windows 10.0.7
VMware Player
7.x Windows 7.1.1
VMware Player
6.x
Windows 6.0.7
VMware Horizon Client for Windows (with Local Mode Option) 5.x
Windows 5.4.2
VMware Horizon Client for Windows
3.x
any 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
https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

VMware Player
https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer

VMware Horizon Clients
https://www.vmware.com/go/viewclients

6. Change log
2015-07-09 VMSA-2015-0005
Initial security advisory.
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