VMware Fusion 8.x < 8.5.5 Drag-and-Drop Feature Guest-to-Host Code Execution (VMSA-2017-0005) (macOS)

High Nessus Plugin ID 97939


A virtualization application installed on the remote macOS or Mac OS X host is affected by a guest-to-host arbitrary code execution vulnerability.


The version of VMware Fusion installed on the remote macOS or Mac OS X host is 8.x prior to 8.5.5. It is, therefore, affected by a guest-to-host arbitrary code execution vulnerability in the drag-and-drop (DND) functionality due to an out-of-bounds memory access error. An attacker within a guest can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code on the host system.


Upgrade to VMware Fusion version 8.5.5 or later. Alternatively, disable both the drag-and-drop function and the copy-and-paste function.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 97939

File Name: macosx_fusion_vmsa_2017_0005.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 2017/03/24

Modified: 2017/07/24

Dependencies: 50828

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


Base Score: 8.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:vmware:fusion

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, installed_sw/VMware Fusion, Settings/ParanoidReport

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2017/03/14

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2017/03/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-4901

BID: 96881

OSVDB: 153609

VMSA: 2017-0005