VMSA-2017-0003

VMware Workstation update addresses multiple security         issues

VMware Security Advisory
 
VMware Security Advisory Advisory ID:
  VMSA-2017-0003
VMware Security Advisory Severity:
  Important
VMware Security Advisory Synopsis:
  VMware Workstation update addresses multiple security issues
VMware Security Advisory Issue date:
  2017-03-09
VMware Security Advisory Updated on:
  2017-03-09 (Initial Advisory)
VMware Security Advisory CVE numbers:
  CVE-2017-4898, CVE-2017-4899, CVE-2017-4900
 
1. Summary

VMware Workstation update addresses multiple security issues

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

a. VMware Workstation DLL loading vulnerability   

 

VMware Workstation Pro/Player contains a DLL loading vulnerability that occurs due to the "vmware-vmx" process loading DLLs from a path defined in the local environment-variable. Successful exploitation of this issue may allow normal users to escalate privileges to System in the host machine where VMware Workstation is installed.       

 

VMware would like to thank Ivil for reporting this issue to us.   

 

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2017-4898 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
Workaround
VMware Product VMware Workstation Pro
Product Version 12.x
Running on Windows
Severity Important
Replace with/ Apply Patch 12.5.3
Workaround None
VMware Product VMware Workstation Player
Product Version 12.x
Running on Windows
Severity Important
Replace with/ Apply Patch 12.5.3
Workaround None

 

 

b. VMware Workstation SVGA driver vulnerability    

 

VMware Workstation Pro/Player contains a security vulnerability that exists in the SVGA driver. An attacker may exploit this issue to crash the VM or trigger an out-of-bound read.       

 

Note: This issue can be triggered only when the host has no graphics card or no graphics drivers are installed.       

 

VMware would like to thank Marco Grassi (@marcograss) of KeenLab (@keen_lab) Tencent for reporting this issue to us. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2017-4899 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
Workaround
VMware Product VMware Workstation Pro
Product Version 12.x
Running on Windows
Severity Moderate
Replace with/ Apply Patch 12.5.3
Workaround None
VMware Product VMware Workstation Player
Product Version 12.x
Running on Windows
Severity Moderate
Replace with/ Apply Patch 12.5.3
Workaround None

 

 

c. VMware Workstation NULL pointer dereference vulnerability  

 

VMware Workstation Pro/Player contains a NULL pointer dereference vulnerability that exists in the SVGA driver. Successful exploitation of this issue may allow attackers with normal user privileges to crash their VMs.      

 

VMware would like to thank Saar Amar (@AmarSaar) for reporting this issue to us. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2017-4900 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
Workaround
VMware Product VMware Workstation Pro
Product Version 12.x
Running on Windows
Severity Moderate
Replace with/ Apply Patch 12.5.3
Workaround None
VMware Product VMware Workstation Player
Product Version 12.x
Running on Windows
Severity Moderate
Replace with/ Apply Patch 12.5.3
Workaround None

 

 

4. Solution

 

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


VMware Workstation Pro 12.5.3  

Downloads and Documentation:

https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

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

 

VMware Workstation Player 12.5.3    

Downloads and Documentation:  

https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer

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

 

5. References

 

          http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-4898  

          http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-4899

          http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-4900

 

6. Change log

 

2017-03-09 VMSA-2017-0003 Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of VMware Workstation Pro/Player 12.5.3 on  2017-03-09.

 

7. Contact

 

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This Security Advisory is posted to the following lists:

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fulldisclosure@seclists.org

 

E-mail: security@vmware.com

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