VMware Workstation host privilege escalation vulnerability
VMware Security Advisory
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 (cve.mitre.org)
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
Replace with / Apply Patch
6. Change log
Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of
an updated version of VMware Workstation 9 and VMware Player 5.
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