VMware vmrun utility local privilege escalation
VMware Security Advisory
The VMware vmrun utility is susceptible to a local privilege escalation in non-standard configurations.
2. Relevant releases
VMware VIX API for Linux 1.10.2 and earlier
VMware Workstation 7.1.3 on Linux and earlier
VMware Workstation 6.5.5 on Linux and earlier
3. Problem Description
a. VMware Linux based vmrun utility local privilege escalation
VMware vmrun is a utility that is used to perform various tasks on virtual machines. The vmrun utility runs on any platform with VIX libraries installed. It is installed in VMware Workstation by default.
In non-standard filesystem configurations, an attacker with the ability to place files into a predefined library path, could take execution control of vmrun.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2011-1126 to this issue.
VMware would like to thank Tim Brown for reporting this issue to us.
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 =================
* Refer to VMware Knowledge Base article 1035509 for the updated version of vmrun for Workstation 6.5.x.
Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version and verify the checksum of your downloaded file.
VIX API 1.10.3
VIX API for Linux 32-bit
VIX API for Linux 64-bit
http://www.vmware.com/downloads/download.do?downloadGroup=WKST-714-LX Release notes:
Workstation for Linux 32-bit with VMware Tools
Workstation for Linux 32-bit without VMware Tools
Workstation for Linux 64-bit with VMware Tools
Workstation for Linux 64-bit without VMware Tools
Workstation 6.5.x - VMware Knowledge Base article 1035509
6. Change log
Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of VMware
Workstation 7.1.4 and KB article 1035509.
Updated security advisory after the release of VIX API 1.10.3
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:
VMware Security Advisories
VMware security response policy
General support life cycle policy
VMware Infrastructure support life cycle policy
Copyright 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved.