VMSA-2016-0019

VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address critical             out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability

VMware Security Advisory
 
VMware Security Advisory Advisory ID:
  VMSA-2016-0019
VMware Security Advisory Severity:
  Critical
VMware Security Advisory Synopsis:
  VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address critical out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability
VMware Security Advisory Issue date:
  2016-11-13
VMware Security Advisory Updated on:
  2016-11-13 (Initial Advisory)
VMware Security Advisory CVE numbers:
  CVE-2016-7461
 
1. Summary

VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address address critical out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability.

2. Relevant Products
  • VMware Workstation Pro / Player
  • VMware Fusion Pro / Fusion
3. Problem Description

a. VMware Workstation and Fusion out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability

 

The drag-and-drop (DnD) function in VMware Workstation and Fusion has an out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability. This may allow a guest to execute code on the operating system that runs Workstation or Fusion.

 

Workaround
On Workstation Pro and Fusion, the issue cannot be exploited if both the drag-and-drop function and the copy-and-paste (C&P) function are disabled. Refer to the Reference section on documentation how to disable these functions. This workaround is not available on    Workstation Player.

 

VMware would like to thank Qinghao Tang and Xinlei Ying from the 360 Marvel Team and lokihardt, all working with the organizers of PwnFest for reporting this issue to us. 

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2016-7461 to this issue.  

Column 5 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
Severity
Replace with/ Apply Patch
Mitigation/ Workaround
VMware Product Workstation Pro
Product Version 12.x
Running on Any
Severity Critical
Replace with/ Apply Patch 12.5.2
Mitigation/ Workaround Disable DnD and C&P
VMware Product Workstation Player
Product Version 12.x
Running on Any
Severity Critical
Replace with/ Apply Patch 12.5.2
Mitigation/ Workaround None
VMware Product Fusion Pro, Fusion
Product Version 8.x
Running on Mac OS X
Severity Critical
Replace with/ Apply Patch 8.5.2
Mitigation/ Workaround Disable DnD and C&P
VMware Product ESXi
Product Version Any
Running on ESXi
Severity N/A
Replace with/ Apply Patch Not affected
Mitigation/ Workaround N/A

 

 

4. Solution

 

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

VMware Workstation Pro 12.5.2  
Downloads and Documentation
https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation
https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/ws_pubs.html


VMware Workstation Player 12.5.2
Downloads and Documentation
https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer
https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/player_pubs.html

VMware Fusion Pro / Fusion 8.5.2
Downloads and Documentation
https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadfusion

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/fusion_pubs.html

5. References

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-7461

 

Workaround documentation  

Workstation Pro
Disabling drag-and-drop and copy-and-paste functionality, page 81 and 82

http://pubs.vmware.com/workstation-12/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/workstation-pro-12-user-guide.pdf
Fusion
Disabling drag-and-drop and copy-and-paste functionality, page 135

http://pubs.vmware.com/fusion-8/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/fusion-8-user-guide.pdf

6. Change log

 

2016-11-13 VMSA-2016-0019
Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of VMware Workstation Pro/Player 12.5.2 and VMware Fusion Pro, Fusion 8.5.2 on 2016-11-13.

7. Contact

 

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This Security Advisory is posted to the following lists:

security-announce@lists.vmware.com

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fulldisclosure@seclists.org

 

E-mail: security@vmware.com

PGP key at:

https://kb.vmware.com/kb/1055

 

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