VMware Workstation and Player: Multiple vulnerabilities — GLSA 200711-23

VMware guest operating systems might be able to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges on the host operating system through multiple flaws.

Affected packages

app-emulation/vmware-workstation on all architectures
Affected versions <
Unaffected versions >=
app-emulation/vmware-player on all architectures
Affected versions <
Unaffected versions >=


VMware Workstation is a virtual machine for developers and system administrators. VMware Player is a freeware virtualization software that can run guests produced by other VMware products.


Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in several VMware products. Neel Mehta and Ryan Smith (IBM ISS X-Force) discovered that the DHCP server contains an integer overflow vulnerability (CVE-2007-0062), an integer underflow vulnerability (CVE-2007-0063) and another error when handling malformed packets (CVE-2007-0061), leading to stack-based buffer overflows or stack corruption. Rafal Wojtczvk (McAfee) discovered two unspecified errors that allow authenticated users with administrative or login privileges on a guest operating system to corrupt memory or cause a Denial of Service (CVE-2007-4496, CVE-2007-4497). Another unspecified vulnerability related to untrusted virtual machine images was discovered (CVE-2007-5617).

VMware products also shipped code copies of software with several vulnerabilities: Samba (GLSA-200705-15), BIND (GLSA-200702-06), MIT Kerberos 5 (GLSA-200707-11), Vixie Cron (GLSA-200704-11), shadow (GLSA-200606-02), OpenLDAP (CVE-2006-4600), PAM (CVE-2004-0813, CVE-2007-1716), GCC (CVE-2006-3619) and GDB (CVE-2006-4146).


Remote attackers within a guest system could possibly exploit these vulnerabilities to execute code on the host system with elevated privileges or to cause a Denial of Service.


There is no known workaround at this time.


All VMware Workstation users should upgrade to the latest version:

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

All VMware Player users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-emulation/vmware-player-"


Release date
November 18, 2007

Latest revision
April 16, 2008: 03



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