GLSA-200502-18 : VMware Workstation: Untrusted library search path

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Synopsis :

The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related
patches.

Description :

The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200502-18
(VMware Workstation: Untrusted library search path)

Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team has discovered
that VMware Workstation searches for gdk-pixbuf loadable modules in an
untrusted, world-writable directory.

Impact :

A local attacker could create a malicious shared object that would be
loaded by VMware, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the
privileges of the user running VMware.

Workaround :

The system administrator may create the file /tmp/rrdharan to prevent
malicious users from creating a directory at that location:
# touch /tmp/rrdharan

See also :

http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200502-18.xml

Solution :

All VMware Workstation users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-emulation/vmware-workstation-3.2.1.2242-r4'

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.6
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 16459 (gentoo_GLSA-200502-18.nasl)

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2005-0444