VMware Workstation 12.1.x < 12.1.1 Shared Folders (HGFS) Guest DLL Hijacking Arbitrary Code Execution (VMSA-2016-0010) (Linux)

high Nessus Plugin ID 92946


A virtualization application installed on the remote host is affected by an arbitrary code execution vulnerability.


The version of VMware Workstation installed on the remote host is 12.1.x prior to 12.1.1. It is, therefore, affected by an arbitrary code execution vulnerability in the Shared Folders (HGFS) feature due to improper loading of Dynamic-link library (DLL) files from insecure paths, including the current working directory, which may not be under user control. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability, by placing a malicious DLL in the path or by convincing a user into opening a file on a network share, to inject and execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user.


Upgrade to VMware Workstation 12.1.1 or later.

Note that VMware Tools on 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: High

ID: 92946

File Name: vmware_workstation_linux_vmsa_2016_0010.nasl

Version: 1.9

Type: local

Agent: unix

Family: General

Published: 8/12/2016

Updated: 9/21/2020

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.4

Temporal Score: 3.6

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2016-5330


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7.2

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/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 Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/4/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/4/2016

Exploitable With

Metasploit (DLL Side Loading Vulnerability in VMware Host Guest Client Redirector)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-5330

BID: 92323

VMSA: 2016-0010