VMware Workstation 11.x < 11.1.2 Shared Folders (HGFS) Guest Privilege Escalation (VMSA-2016-0001)

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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 Workstation installed on the remote host is 11.x
prior to 11.1.2. 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

See also :


Solution :

Upgrade to VMware Workstation 11.1.2 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

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.6
CVSS Temporal Score : 3.4
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Windows

Nessus Plugin ID: 87928 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2015-6933

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