Multiple VMware products CPU hardware privilege escalation

vmware-cpuhardware-priv-escalation (46415) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk

Description:

Multiple VMware products could allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges on the system, caused by an error in the CPU hardware emulation while handling the Trap flag. A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to gain elevated privileges on the guest operating system.

*CVSS:

Base Score: 4.6
  Access Vector: Local
  Access Complexity: Low
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: Partial
  Integrity Impact: Partial
  Availability Impact: Partial
 
Temporal Score: 3.4
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed

Consequences:

Gain Privileges

Remedy:

Refer to VMSA-2008-0018 for patch, upgrade or suggested workaround information. See References.

References:

  • Security-announce Mailing List, Thu Nov 6 21:24:12 PST 2008: VMSA-2008-0018 VMware Hosted products and patches for ESX and ESXi resolve two security issues.
  • BID-32168: VMware Products Trap Flag In-Guest Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
  • CVE-2008-4915: The CPU hardware emulation in VMware Workstation 6.0.5 and earlier and 5.5.8 and earlier; Player 2.0.x through 2.0.5 and 1.0.x through 1.0.8; ACE 2.0.x through 2.0.5 and earlier, and 1.0.x through 1.0.7; Server 1.0.x through 1.0.7; ESX 2.5.4 through 3.5; and ESXi 3.5, when running 32-bit and 64-bit guest operating systems, does not properly handle the Trap flag, which allows authenticated guest OS users to gain privileges on the guest OS.
  • OSVDB ID: 49795: VMware Multiple Products CPU Hardware Emulation Trap Flag Handling Guest OS Users Privilege Escalation
  • SA32612: VMware Products Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
  • SA32624: VMware ESX / ESXi Privilege Escalation and Directory Traversal Vulnerability
  • SECTRACK ID: 1021154: VMware CPU Hardware Emulation Bug Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges

Platforms Affected:

  • EMC VMware Player 1.0
  • EMC VMware Player 1.0.1
  • EMC VMware Player 1.0.2
  • EMC VMware Player 1.0.3
  • EMC VMware Player 1.0.4
  • EMC VMware Player 1.0.5
  • EMC VMware Player 1.0.6
  • EMC VMware Player 1.0.7
  • EMC VMware Player 2.0
  • EMC VMware Player 2.0.1
  • EMC VMware Player 2.0.2
  • EMC VMware Player 2.0.3
  • EMC VMware Player 2.0.4
  • VMware ACE 1.0
  • VMware ACE 1.0.1
  • VMware ACE 1.0.2
  • VMware ACE 1.0.3
  • VMware ACE 1.0.4
  • VMware ACE 1.0.5
  • VMware ACE 1.0.6
  • VMware ACE 1.0.7
  • VMware ACE 2.0
  • VMware ACE 2.0.1
  • VMware ACE 2.0.2
  • VMware ACE 2.0.3
  • VMware ACE 2.0.4
  • VMware Ace 2.0.5
  • VMware ACE
  • VMware ESX Server 2.5.4
  • VMware ESX Server 2.5.5
  • VMware ESX Server 3.0.2
  • VMware ESX Server 3.0.3
  • VMware ESX Server 3.5
  • VMware ESXi Server 3.5
  • VMware Server 1.0
  • VMware Server 1.0.1
  • VMware Server 1.0.2
  • VMware Server 1.0.3
  • VMware Server 1.0.4
  • VMware Server 1.0.5
  • VMware Server 1.0.6
  • VMware Server 1.0.7
  • VMware Server 1.0.8
  • VMware Workstation 5
  • VMware Workstation 5.5
  • VMware Workstation 5.5.1
  • VMware Workstation 5.5.2
  • VMware Workstation 5.5.3
  • VMware Workstation 5.5.4
  • VMware Workstation 5.5.5
  • VMware Workstation 5.5.6
  • VMware Workstation 5.5.7
  • VMware Workstation 5.5.8
  • VMware Workstation 6.0
  • VMware Workstation 6.0.1
  • VMware Workstation 6.0.2
  • VMware Workstation 6.0.3
  • VMware Workstation 6.0.4
  • VMware Workstation 6.0.5

Reported:

Nov 06, 2008

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