VMware Product(s) Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Published: 2008-09-26 12:12:58
CVE Author: NIST National Vulnerability Database

CVSS Base Vector:

Affected Versions:
VMware Player 1.x - before 1.0.7 build 91707 on Linux VMware Player 2.x - before 2.0.4 build 93057 on Linux VMware Server 1.x - before 1.0.6 build 91891 on Linux VMware Workstation 5.x - before 5.5.7 build 91707 on Linux VMware Workstation 6.x - before 6.0.4 build 93057 on Linux

The host is installed with VMWare product(s) that are vulnerable to local privilege escalation vulnerability.

Upgrade VMware Product(s) to below version, VMware Player 1.0.7 build 91707 or 2.0.4 build 93057 or later VMware Server 1.0.6 build 91891 or later VMware Workstation 5.5.7 build 91707 or 6.0.4 build 93057 or later.

Technical Details:
Issue is due to local exploitation of an untrusted library path in vmware-authd. VMware VIX API (Application Program Interface) fails to adequately bounds check user supplied input before copying it to insufficient size buffer.

Successful exploitation could result in arbitrary code execution on linux based host system by an unprivileged user and can also crash the application. Local access is required in order to execute the set-uid vmware-authd and Also, vix.inGuest.enable configuration must be set.

Detection Type:

Solution Type:
Vendor Patch

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) NVD (National Vulnerability Database)


SecurityFocus Bugtraq ID:




CVSS Score
Privilege escalation

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