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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   VMware ESXi Vendors:   VMware
VMware ESX/ESXi Buffer Overflow and Null Pointer Dereference Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1026818
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1026818
CVE Reference:   CVE-2012-1508, CVE-2012-1510   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Mar 16 2012
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): ESX 4.0, 4.1; ESXi 4.0, 4.1, 5.0
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in VMware ESX. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user on a guest operating system can trigger a buffer overflow or null pointer dereference in the display drivers to execute arbitrary code on the target system with elevated privileges.

A null pointer dereference in XPDM may occur [CVE-2012-1508].

A buffer overflow in WDDM may occur [CVE-2012-1510].

Tarjei Mandt reported these vulnerabilities.

Impact:   A local user on the guest operating system can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix.

The vendor's advisory is available at:

http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2012-0005.html

Vendor URL:  www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2012-0005.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error, Boundary error

Message History:   None.


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