VMware Workstation 17.0.x < 17.0.1 Vulnerability (VMSA-2023-0003)

high Nessus Plugin ID 171084


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


The version of VMware Workstation installed on the remote Windows host is 17.0.x prior to 17.0.1. It is, therefore, affected by a vulnerability.

- VMware Workstation contains an arbitrary file deletion vulnerability. A malicious actor with local user privileges on the victim's machine may exploit this vulnerability to delete arbitrary files from the file system of the machine on which Workstation is installed. (CVE-2023-20854)

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 17.0.1, or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 171084

File Name: vmware_workstation_vmsa_2023_0003.nasl

Version: 1.4

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: General

Published: 2/7/2023

Updated: 3/21/2023

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.3


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.2

Temporal Score: 4.6

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-20854


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.4

Temporal Score: 7.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:vmware:workstation

Required KB Items: Host/VMware Workstation/Version, SMB/Registry/Enumerated

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/2/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/2/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-20854

VMSA: 2023-0003

IAVA: 2023-A-0069