VMware Workstation 16.0.x < 16.2.0 Heap Overflow RCE (VMSA-2022-0001)

high Nessus Plugin ID 157422


A virtualization application installed on the remote host is affected by a RCE vulnerability


VMware Workstation contains a heap-overflow vulnerability in CD-ROM device emulation. A malicious actor with access to a virtual machine with CD-ROM device emulation may be able to exploit this vulnerability in conjunction with other issues to execute code on the hypervisor from a virtual machine.

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 16.2.0, or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 157422

File Name: vmware_workstation_vmsa_2022_0001.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: windows, macosx, unix

Family: General

Published: 2/8/2022

Updated: 2/9/2022

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.3


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.1

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

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-22045


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/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: 1/4/2022

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/4/2022

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2021-22045

VMSA: 2022-0001

IAVA: 2022-A-0039