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NEW VMSA-2013-0013 VMware Workstation host privilege escalation vulnerability
From: "\"VMware Security Response Center\"" <security () vmware com>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:21:48 -0800 (PST)

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                   VMware Security Advisory

Advisory ID: VMSA-2013-0013
Synopsis:    VMware Workstation host privilege escalation vulnerability
Issue date:  2013-11-14
Updated on:  2013-11-14 (initial advisory)
CVE numbers: CVE-2013-5972

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1. Summary

   VMware has updated VMware Workstation and VMware Player to address a 
   vulnerability that could result in an escalation of privilege on 
   Linux-based host machines.

2. Relevant releases

   VMware Workstation for Linux 9.x prior to version 9.0.3
   
   VMware Player for Linux 5.x prior to version 5.0.3

3. Problem Description

   a. VMware shared library privilege escalation

      VMware Workstation and VMware Player contain a vulnerability in 
      the handling of shared libraries. This issue may allow a local 
      malicious user to escalate their privileges to root on the host OS.

      The vulnerability does not allow for privilege escalation from the 
      Guest Operating System to the host or vice-versa.

      The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
      has assigned the name CVE-2013-5972 to this issue.

      Column 4 of the following table lists the action required to
      remediate the vulnerability in each release, if a solution is
      available.

        VMware          Product   Running   Replace with/
        Product         Version   on        Apply Patch*
        =============   =======   =======   =================
        Workstation     10.x      Linux     not affected
        Workstation     9.x       Linux     9.0.3
        
        Player          6.x       Linux     not affected
        Player          5.x       Linux     5.0.3
        
        Fusion          any       Mac/OS    Not affected
        
        ESXi            any       ESXi      Not affected
        
        ESX             any       ESX       Not affected

4. Solution

   Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version 
   and verify the checksum of your downloaded file. 

   VMware Workstation 9.x         
   ---------------------- 
   https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

   VMware Player 5.x
   ----------------------
   https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer

5. References

   http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-5972

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6. Change log

   2013-11-14 VMSA-2013-0013
   Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of
   an updated version of VMware Workstation 9 and VMware Player 5.

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7. Contact

   E-mail list for product security notifications and announcements:
   http://lists.vmware.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/security-announce

   This Security Advisory is posted to the following lists:

   * security-announce at lists.vmware.com
   * bugtraq at securityfocus.com
   * full-disclosure at lists.grok.org.uk

   E-mail: security at vmware.com
   PGP key at: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1055

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   http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories

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   http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/security_response.html

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   http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/eos.html

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   http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/eos_vi.html

   Copyright 2013 VMware Inc. All rights reserved.

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