VMware Workstation 15.0.x < 15.5.0 Multiple Vulnerabilities (VMSA-2019-0014)

high Nessus Plugin ID 129495
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A virtualization application installed on the remote host is affected by multiple vulnerabilities


The version of VMware Workstation installed on the remote host is 15.0.x prior to 15.5.0. It is, therefore, affected by the following issues:

- A use-after-free error in the virtual sound device that allows a local attacker on the guest machine with low privileges to execute code on the host. (CVE-2019-5527)

- A denial of service vulnerability caused by improper handling of some IPv6 packets. An attacker can exploit this vulnerability to disallow network access for all guest machines using the VMware NAT mode. To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker must send specially crafted IPv6 packets from a guest machine when IPv6 mode for VMNAT is enabled. (CVE-2019-5535)

Note that Nessus has not tested for these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Update to VMware Workstation version 15.5.0, or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 129495

File Name: vmware_workstation_vmsa_2019_0014.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: windows, macosx, unix

Family: General

Published: 10/2/2019

Updated: 9/21/2020

Dependencies: vmware_workstation_detect.nasl, vmware_workstation_linux_installed.nbin

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2019-5527


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.3


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

Vector: AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 7.7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:vmware:workstation

Required KB Items: installed_sw/VMware Workstation

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/19/2019

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/19/2019

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2019-5527, CVE-2019-5535

VMSA: 2019-0014

IAVA: 2019-A-0344