VMware Horizon Client update addresses a privilege escalation vulnerability

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VMware Security Advisory Synopsis:
 VMware Horizon Client update addresses a privilege escalation vulnerability
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VMware Security Advisory Updated on:
 2018-05-29 (Initial Advisory)
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1. Summary

VMware Horizon Client update addresses a privilege escalation vulnerability

2. Relevant Products

 VMware Horizon Client for Linux (Horizon Client)

3. Problem Description

VMware Horizon Client privilege escalation vulnerability

VMware Horizon Client contains a local privilege escalation vulnerability due to insecure usage of SUID binary. Successful exploitation of this issue may allow unprivileged users to escalate  their privileges to root on a Linux machine where Horizon Client is installed.

VMware would like to thank Nassim Abbaoui, pentester at OVH, for reporting this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2018-6964 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
Replace with/ Apply Patch
Mitigation/ Workaround
VMware Product Horizon Client
Product Version 4.x and prior
Running on Linux
Severity Important
Replace with/ Apply Patch 4.8.0
Mitigation/ Workaround None



4. Solution


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


VMware Horizon View Client for Linux 4.8.0
Downloads and Documentation:



6. Change log


2018-05-29 VMSA-2018-0014 Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of VMware Horizon Client 4.8.0 on 2018-05-29.


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