GLSA-200601-04 : VMware Workstation: Vulnerability in NAT networking

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 20414


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200601-04 (VMware Workstation: Vulnerability in NAT networking)

Tim Shelton discovered that vmnet-natd, the host module providing NAT-style networking for VMware guest operating systems, is unable to process incorrect 'EPRT' and 'PORT' FTP requests.
Impact :

Malicious guest operating systems using the NAT networking feature or local VMware Workstation users could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the host system with elevated privileges.
Workaround :

Disable the NAT service by following the instructions at b, Answer ID 2002.


All VMware Workstation users should upgrade to a fixed version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose app-emulation/vmware-workstation

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 20414

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200601-04.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Published: 2006/01/15

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

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

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: 2006/01/07

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/12/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-4459

OSVDB: 22006

GLSA: 200601-04