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[ GLSA 200502-18 ] VMware Workstation: Untrusted library search path
From: Thierry Carrez <koon () gentoo org>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 21:21:12 +0100

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200502-18
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: VMware Workstation: Untrusted library search path
      Date: February 14, 2005
      Bugs: #81344
        ID: 200502-18

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Synopsis
========

VMware may load shared libraries from an untrusted, world-writable
directory, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

Background
==========

VMware Workstation is a powerful virtual machine for developers and
system administrators.

Affected packages
=================

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     Package             /     Vulnerable     /             Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  vmware-workstation      < 4.5.2.8848-r5          >= 4.5.2.8848-r5

Description
===========

Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team has discovered
that VMware Workstation searches for gdk-pixbuf loadable modules in an
untrusted, world-writable directory.

Impact
======

A local attacker could create a malicious shared object that would be
loaded by VMware, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the
privileges of the user running VMware.

Workaround
==========

The system administrator may create the file /tmp/rrdharan to prevent
malicious users from creating a directory at that location:

    # touch /tmp/rrdharan

Resolution
==========

All VMware Workstation users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose
">=app-emulation/vmware-workstation-4.5.2.8848-r5"

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200502-18.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security () gentoo org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

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