VMware Workstation 11.x < 11.1.2 Shared Folders (HGFS) Guest Privilege Escalation (VMSA-2016-0001) (Linux)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 87927


A virtualization application installed on the remote host is affected by a guest privilege escalation vulnerability.


The version of VMware Workstation installed on the remote host is 11.x prior to 11.1.2. It is, therefore, affected by a guest privilege escalation vulnerability in the Shared Folders (HGFS) feature due to improper validation of user-supplied input. A local attacker can exploit this to corrupt memory, resulting in an elevation of privileges.


Upgrade to VMware Workstation 11.1.2 or later.

Note that VMware Tools in any Windows-based guests that use the Shared Folders (HGFS) feature must also be updated to completely mitigate the vulnerability.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 87927

File Name: vmware_workstation_linux_vmsa_2016_0001.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: local

Agent: unix

Family: General

Published: 1/14/2016

Updated: 9/21/2020

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.5

Temporal Score: 4.8

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2015-6933


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.3

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

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

Excluded KB Items: SMB/Registry/Enumerated

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/7/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/7/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-6933

VMSA: 2016-0001