VMware Workstation 12.x < 12.5.4 Drag-and-Drop Feature Guest-to-Host Code Execution (VMSA-2017-0005) (Linux)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 97940


A virtualization application installed on the remote Linux host is affected by a guest-to-host arbitrary code execution vulnerability.


The version of VMware Workstation installed on the remote Linux host is 12.x prior to 12.5.4. 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 Workstation version 12.5.4 or later. Alternatively, disable both the drag-and-drop function and the copy-and-paste function.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 97940

File Name: vmware_workstation_linux_vmsa_2017_0005.nasl

Version: 1.12

Type: local

Agent: unix

Family: General

Published: 3/24/2017

Updated: 9/21/2020

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.8


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2017-4901


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.9

Temporal Score: 9.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:H/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:vmware:workstation

Required KB Items: Settings/ParanoidReport, Host/VMware Workstation/Version

Excluded KB Items: SMB/Registry/Enumerated

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/14/2017

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/14/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-4901

BID: 96881

VMSA: 2017-0005