Advisory ID VMSA-2020-0002
Advisory Severity Important
CVSSv3 Range 7.8
Synopsis VMware Tools workaround addresses a local privilege escalation vulnerability (CVE-2020-3941)
Issue Date 2020-01-14
Updated On 2020-01-14 (Initial Advisory)
CVE(s) CVE-2020-3941
1. Impacted Products
  • VMware Tools for Windows (VMware Tools)
2. Introduction
A vulnerability in VMware Tools in functionality that was removed from VMware Tools 11.0.0 has been determined to affect VMware Tools for Windows version 10.x.y. Workarounds are available to address this vulnerability in affected VMware Tools versions.
3. VMware Tools workaround addresses a local privilege escalation vulnerability (CVE-2020-3941)

Description:

The repair operation of VMware Tools for Windows has a race condition. VMware has evaluated the severity of this issue to be in the Important severity range with a maximum CVSSv3 base score of 7.8.

Known Attack Vectors:

A malicious actor on the guest VM might exploit the race condition and escalate their privileges on a Windows VM. This issue affects VMware Tools for Windows version 10.x.y as the affected functionality is not present in VMware Tools 11.

 

Resolution:

To remediate CVE-2020-3941, update to VMware Tools version 11.0 or later.
 

Workarounds:

A workaround for CVE-2020-3941 has been documented in the VMware Knowledge Base article listed in the "Workarounds" column of the "Response Matrix" below.

 

Additional Documentations:

None.

 

Acknowledgements:

None.

 

Response Matrix:

Product Version Running On CVE Identifier CVSSV3 Severity Fixed Version Workarounds Additional Documentation
VMware Tools
11.x.y Any CVE-2020-3941 N/A
N/A Not affected
N/A
N/A
VMware Tools
10.x.y
Windows
CVE-2020-3941 7.8
Important 11.0.0 *
or
11.0.1
or
11.0.5
KB76654
None
VMware Tools
10.x.y
Linux
CVE-2020-3941 N/A N/A Not affected N/A N/A

* In case you are using the native service discovery feature in vRealize Operations Manager 8.0, or using the vRealize Operations Service Discovery Management Pack with previous releases of vRealize Operations Manager (7.x or before) we recommend upgrading to VMware Tools 11.0.1 or 11.0.5.

5. Change log
 

2020-01-14 : VMSA-2020-0002

Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of VMware Tools 11.0.5 on 2020-01-14.

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