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VMware Workstation: Untrusted library search path


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200502-18 / VMware
Release Date February 14, 2005
Latest Revision May 25, 2006: 03
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-emulation/vmware-workstation < >=, revision >= All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #81344


VMware may load shared libraries from an untrusted, world-writable directory, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


VMware Workstation is a powerful virtual machine for developers and system administrators.


Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team has discovered that VMware Workstation searches for gdk-pixbuf loadable modules in an untrusted, world-writable directory.


A local attacker could create a malicious shared object that would be loaded by VMware, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running VMware.

3.  Resolution Information


The system administrator may create the file /tmp/rrdharan to prevent malicious users from creating a directory at that location:

Code Listing 3.1: Workaround

# touch /tmp/rrdharan


All VMware Workstation users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.2: Resolution

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

4.  References


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