This patch addresses a potential guest privilege escalation caused by an issue in VMware tools installed on Microsoft Windows 8.1, so not really much of an issues as you can count the number of people using windows 8.1 on the fingers of one hand. But seriously if you are using Windows 8.1 in your environment as a VM then seriously consider this update.
|Synopsis:||VMware Workstation, Player, Fusion, and ESXi patches address a guest privilege escalation|
|Updated on:||2014-05-29 (initial advisory)|
VMware Workstation, Player, Fusion, and ESXi patches address a vulnerability in VMware Tools which could result in a privilege escalation on Microsoft Windows 8.1.
- VMware Workstation 10.x prior to version 10.0.
- VMware Player 6.x prior to version 6.0.2
- VMware Fusion 6.x prior to version 6.0.3
- ESXi 5.5 without patch ESXi550-201403102-SG
- ESXi 5.1 without patch ESXi510-201404102-SG
- ESXi 5.0 without patch ESXi500-201405102-SG
A: – Guest privilege escalation in VMware Tools. A kernel NULL dereference vulnerability was found in VMware Tools running on Microsoft Windows 8.1. Successful exploitation of this issue could lead to an escalation of privilege in the guest operating system.
VMware would like to thank Tavis Ormandy from the Google Security Team for reporting this issue to us. The vulnerability does not allow for privilege escalation from the Guest Operating System to the host. This means that host memory can not be manipulated from the Guest Operating System.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2014-3793 to this issue.
Column 4 of the following table lists the action required to remediate the vulnerability in each release, if a solution is available.
|VMware Product||Product Version||Running On||Replace with/Apply Patch*|
|Workstation 10.x||10.x||any||10.0.2 or later|
|Workstation 9.x||9.x||any||Not affected **|
|Player||6.x||any||6.0.2 or later|
|Player||5.x||any||Not affected **|
|Fusion||6.x||OSX||6.0.3 or later|
|Fusion||5.x||OSX||Not affected **|
* After the update or patch is applied, VMware Guest Tools must be updated in any pre-existing Windows 8.1 Guest Operating System followed by a reboot of the guest system.
** Workstation 9.x, Player 5.x and Fusion 5.x do not support Windows 8.1 Guest Operating Systems
Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version and verify the checksum of your downloaded file.
- Workstation 10.x: – https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation
- VMware Player 6.x:- https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer
- Fusion 6.x :- https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadfusion
- ESXi 5.5
update-from-esxi5.5-5.5_update01 contains ESXi550-201403102-SG
- ESXi 5.1
ESXi510-201404001 contains ESXi510-201404102-SG
- ESXi 5.0
ESXi500-201405001 contains ESXi500-201405102-SG
2014-05-29 VMSA-2014-0005:- Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of ESXi 5.0 patches on 2014-05-29
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