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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   VMware Vendors:   VMware
VMware DLL Loading Error Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code on the Target System
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1036545
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1036545
CVE Reference:   CVE-2016-5330, CVE-2016-5331   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Aug 5 2016
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): Workstation/Player 12.1.x; Fusion 8.1.x
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in VMware Workstation/Player/Fusion. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted DLL file on a remote network share. When the target user opens a document from their local system, the application may load the remote user's DLL instead of the intended DLL and execute arbitrary code [CVE-2016-5330].

This type of exploit is also known as "binary planting" or "DLL preloading".

Yorick Koster of Securify B.V. reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can cause the target application to execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix.

For Workstation/Player: 12.1.1
For Fusion: 8.1.1

The vendor advisory is available at:

http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2016-0010.html

Vendor URL:  www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2016-0010.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error

Message History:   None.


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