GLSA-200502-18 : VMware Workstation: Untrusted library search path

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 16459


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The 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.
Impact :

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.
Workaround :

The system administrator may create the file /tmp/rrdharan to prevent malicious users from creating a directory at that location:
# touch /tmp/rrdharan


All VMware Workstation users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-emulation/vmware-workstation-'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 16459

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200502-18.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/02/15

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:vmware-workstation, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2005/02/14

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/02/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-0444

OSVDB: 13823

GLSA: 200502-18