VMware Player Local Privilege Escalation (VMSA-2012-0007)

High Nessus Plugin ID 58793


The remote host has a virtualization application affected by a local privilege escalation vulnerability.


The VMware Player installation detected on the remote host is 4.0.x earlier than 4.0.2 and thus is potentially affected by a local privilege escalation vulnerability because the access control list of the VMware Tools folder is incorrectly set.

By exploiting this issue, a local attacker could elevate his privileges on Windows-based Guest Operating Systems.


Upgrade to VMware Player 4.0.2 or later.

In addition to patching, VMware Tools must be updated on all non- Windows guest VMs in order to completely mitigate the vulnerability.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 58793

File Name: vmware_player_priv_esc_vmsa_2012_0007.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.7 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2012/04/19

Modified: 2016/05/19

Dependencies: 31728

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.6

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:vmware:player

Required KB Items: SMB/Registry/Enumerated, VMware/Player/Version

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/04/12

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2012/04/12

Exploitable With

CANVAS (White_Phosphorus)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-1518

BID: 53006

OSVDB: 81163

VMSA: 2012-0007