VMware Player 7.x < 7.1.2 Shared Folders (HGFS) Guest Privilege Escalation (VMSA-2016-0001) (Linux)

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Synopsis :

A virtualization application installed on the remote host is affected
by a guest privilege escalation vulnerability.

Description :

The version of VMware Player installed on the remote host is version
7.x prior to 7.1.2. It is, therefore, affected by a guest privilege escalation
vulnerability in the Shared Folders (HGFS) feature due to improper
validation of user-supplied input. A local attacker can exploit this
to corrupt memory, resulting in an elevation of privileges.

See also :

http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2016-0001.html

Solution :

Upgrade to VMware Player 7.1.2 or later.

Note that VMware Tools in any Windows-based guests that use the Shared
Folders (HGFS) feature must also be updated to completely mitigate the
vulnerability.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.6
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
CVSS Temporal Score : 3.4
(CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: General

Nessus Plugin ID: 87925 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2015-6933

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