VMware Workstation 8.x < 8.0.5 / 9.x < 9.0.1 VMCI Privilege Escalation (VMSA-2013-0002)

High Nessus Plugin ID 64921


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


The version of VMware Workstation installed on the remote host is a version prior to 8.0.5 / 9.0.1. It is, therefore, reportedly affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Virtual Machine Communication Interface (VMCI) in the 'VMCI.sys' driver.

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

Note that systems that have VMCI disabled are also affected by this issue.


Upgrade to VMware Workstation 8.0.5 / 9.0.1 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 64921

File Name: vmware_workstation_priv_esc_vmsa_2013_0002.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2013/02/27

Modified: 2014/02/04

Dependencies: 26201

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:vmware:workstation

Required KB Items: VMware/Workstation/Version, VMware/Workstation/Path

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2013/02/07

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2013/02/07

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-1406

BID: 57867

OSVDB: 90019

VMSA: 2013-0002