VMware Fusion 11.x < 11.5.5 Privilege Escalation (VMSA-2020-0017)

High Nessus Plugin ID 139202


A virtualization application installed on the remote macOS or Mac OS X host is affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability.


The version of VMware Fusion installed on the remote macOS or Mac OS X host is 11.x prior to 11.5.5. It is, therefore, affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability due to Improper XPC Client validation. An authenticated, local attacker can exploit this to escalate their normal user privileges to root on the system where Fusion is installed.

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 Fusion version 11.5.5, or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 139202

File Name: macosx_fusion_vmsa_2020_0017.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 2020/07/31

Updated: 2020/08/03

Dependencies: 50828

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2020-3974

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:vmware:fusion

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, installed_sw/VMware Fusion

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2020/07/09

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2020/07/09

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2020-3974

VMSA: 2020-0017

IAVA: 2020-A-0265