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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   VMware Vendors:   VMware
VMware Tools Out-of-Bounds Memory Read Error Lets Local Users on a Guest System Gain Elevated Privileges on the Guest System
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1041291
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1041291
CVE Reference:   CVE-2018-6969   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Sep 7 2018
Original Entry Date:  Jul 13 2018
Impact:   User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): VMware Tools 10.x
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in VMware Tools. A local user on the guest system can gain elevated privileges on the guest system.

A local user on the guest system can trigger an out-of-bounds memory read error in HGFS to obtain potentially sensitive information on the guest system or gain elevated privileges on the guest system.

Guest systems with file sharing enabled are affected.

Windows guest virtual machines are affected.

Anurudh reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user on the guest system can gain elevated privileges on the guest system.
Solution:   VMware has issued a fix (VMware Tools 10.3.0).

[Editor's note: On September 6, 2018, the vendor updated their advisory to note that VMware Tools 10.3.0 has been discontinued because of a functional issue in ESXi 6.5. See KB57796 https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/57796 for more information.]

The VMware advisory is available at:

http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2018-0017.html

Vendor URL:  www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2018-0017.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


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