GLSA-200502-18 : VMware Workstation: Untrusted library search path
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 16459
SynopsisThe remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionThe remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200502-18 (VMware Workstation: Untrusted library search path)
Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team has discovered that VMware Workstation searches for gdk-pixbuf loadable modules in an untrusted, world-writable directory.
A local attacker could create a malicious shared object that would be loaded by VMware, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running VMware.
The system administrator may create the file /tmp/rrdharan to prevent malicious users from creating a directory at that location:
# touch /tmp/rrdharan
SolutionAll VMware Workstation users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-emulation/vmware-workstation-220.127.116.112-r4'