VMware Horizon View Client 5.x < 5.4.3 Privilege Escalation (VMSA-2020-0017) (macOS)

High Nessus Plugin ID 139203


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


The version of VMware Horizon View Client installed on the remote macOS or Mac OS X host is 5.x prior to 5.4.3. It is, therefore, affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability in the service startup script due to improper XPC Client validation. A local attacker with normal user privileges can escalate their privileges to root on the system.


Upgrade to VMware Horizon View Client 5.4.3 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 139203

File Name: macosx_vmware_horizon_view_client_vmsa_2020_0017.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 2020/07/31

Updated: 2020/08/03

Dependencies: 76963

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:horizon_view_client

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/MacOSX/Version, installed_sw/VMware Horizon View Client

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