ID CVE-2008-1361
Summary VMware Workstation 6.0.x before 6.0.3 and 5.5.x before 5.5.6, VMware Player 2.0.x before 2.0.3 and 1.0.x before 1.0.6, VMware ACE 2.0.x before 2.0.1 and 1.0.x before 1.0.5, and VMware Server 1.0.x before 1.0.5 on Windows allow local users to gain privileges via an unspecified manipulation that causes the authd process to connect to an arbitrary named pipe, a different vulnerability than CVE-2008-1362.
Vulnerable Configurations
  • 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 2.0
  • VMware Player 1.0.2
  • VMware Player 1.0.3
  • VMWare Player 1.0.4
  • VMware Player 1.0.5
  • VMWare Player 2.0
  • VMware Player 2.0.1
  • VMware Player 2.0.2
  • VMWare Server 1.0.3
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_server:1.0.0
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_server:1.0.1
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_server:1.0.2
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_server:1.0.3
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_server:1.0.4
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_workstation:5.5.5
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_workstation:6.0.1
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_workstation:6.0.2
  • VMWare VMWare 5.5
  • VMWare VMWare Workstation 5.5.3 build 34685
  • VMWare VMWare Workstation 5.5.3 build 42958
  • VMWare VMWare 5.5.4
  • VMWare VMWare Workstation 5.5.4 build 44386
  • VMWare VMWare 6.0
Base: 6.8 (as of 20-03-2008 - 10:57)
  • Accessing, Modifying or Executing Executable Files
    An attack of this type exploits a system's configuration that allows an attacker to either directly access an executable file, for example through shell access; or in a possible worst case allows an attacker to upload a file and then execute it. Web servers, ftp servers, and message oriented middleware systems which have many integration points are particularly vulnerable, because both the programmers and the administrators must be in synch regarding the interfaces and the correct privileges for each interface.
  • Leverage Executable Code in Non-Executable Files
    An attack of this type exploits a system's trust in configuration and resource files, when the executable loads the resource (such as an image file or configuration file) the attacker has modified the file to either execute malicious code directly or manipulate the target process (e.g. application server) to execute based on the malicious configuration parameters. Since systems are increasingly interrelated mashing up resources from local and remote sources the possibility of this attack occurring is high. The attack can be directed at a client system, such as causing buffer overrun through loading seemingly benign image files, as in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-028 where specially crafted JPEG files could cause a buffer overrun once loaded into the browser. Another example targets clients reading pdf files. In this case the attacker simply appends javascript to the end of a legitimate url for a pdf ( http://path/to/pdf/file.pdf#whatever_name_you_want=javascript:your_code_here The client assumes that they are reading a pdf, but the attacker has modified the resource and loaded executable javascript into the client's browser process. The attack can also target server processes. The attacker edits the resource or configuration file, for example a web.xml file used to configure security permissions for a J2EE app server, adding role name "public" grants all users with the public role the ability to use the administration functionality. The server trusts its configuration file to be correct, but when they are manipulated, the attacker gains full control.
  • Blue Boxing
    This type of attack against older telephone switches and trunks has been around for decades. A tone is sent by an adversary to impersonate a supervisor signal which has the effect of rerouting or usurping command of the line. While the US infrastructure proper may not contain widespread vulnerabilities to this type of attack, many companies are connected globally through call centers and business process outsourcing. These international systems may be operated in countries which have not upgraded Telco infrastructure and so are vulnerable to Blue boxing. Blue boxing is a result of failure on the part of the system to enforce strong authorization for administrative functions. While the infrastructure is different than standard current applications like web applications, there are historical lessons to be learned to upgrade the access control for administrative functions.
  • Restful Privilege Elevation
    Rest uses standard HTTP (Get, Put, Delete) style permissions methods, but these are not necessarily correlated generally with back end programs. Strict interpretation of HTTP get methods means that these HTTP Get services should not be used to delete information on the server, but there is no access control mechanism to back up this logic. This means that unless the services are properly ACL'd and the application's service implementation are following these guidelines then an HTTP request can easily execute a delete or update on the server side. The attacker identifies a HTTP Get URL such as http://victimsite/updateOrder, which calls out to a program to update orders on a database or other resource. The URL is not idempotent so the request can be submitted multiple times by the attacker, additionally, the attacker may be able to exploit the URL published as a Get method that actually performs updates (instead of merely retrieving data). This may result in malicious or inadvertent altering of data on the server.
  • Target Programs with Elevated Privileges
    This attack targets programs running with elevated privileges. The attacker would try to leverage a bug in the running program and get arbitrary code to execute with elevated privileges. For instance an attacker would look for programs that write to the system directories or registry keys (such as HKLM, which stores a number of critical Windows environment variables). These programs are typically running with elevated privileges and have usually not been designed with security in mind. Such programs are excellent exploit targets because they yield lots of power when they break. The malicious user try to execute its code at the same level as a privileged system call.
  • Manipulating Input to File System Calls
    An attacker manipulates inputs to the target software which the target software passes to file system calls in the OS. The goal is to gain access to, and perhaps modify, areas of the file system that the target software did not intend to be accessible.
nessus via4
  • NASL family Gentoo Local Security Checks
    NASL id GENTOO_GLSA-201209-25.NASL
    description The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201209-25 (VMware Player, Server, Workstation: Multiple vulnerabilities) Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in VMware Player, Server, and Workstation. Please review the CVE identifiers referenced below for details. Impact : Local users may be able to gain escalated privileges, cause a Denial of Service, or gain sensitive information. A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted file, possibly resulting in the remote execution of arbitrary code, or a Denial of Service. Remote attackers also may be able to spoof DNS traffic, read arbitrary files, or inject arbitrary web script to the VMware Server Console. Furthermore, guest OS users may be able to execute arbitrary code on the host OS, gain escalated privileges on the guest OS, or cause a Denial of Service (crash the host OS). Workaround : There is no known workaround at this time.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2019-02-07
    plugin id 62383
    published 2012-10-01
    reporter Tenable
    title GLSA-201209-25 : VMware Player, Server, Workstation: Multiple vulnerabilities
  • NASL family Windows
    description VMware products installed on the remote host are affected by multiple vulnerabilities : - The 'authd' process is affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with system level privileges or cause a denial of service condition. - A feature in VMware workstation version 6.0.2 could allow anonymous console access to guest host via VIX API, which could result in unauthorized access. This feature has been disabled in version 6.0.3. - Windows based VMware hosts are affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability. By manipulating 'config.ini' an attacker may be able to gain elevated privileges by hijacking the VMware VMX process. - Multiple VMware products are affected by a directory traversal vulnerability. If a Windows based VMware host is configured to allow shared access from a guest host to a folder on the Host system (HGFS), it may be possible to gain access to the Host file system from guest OS and create/modify arbitrary executable files. VMware Server is not affected by this vulnerability. - Multiple VMware products hosted on a Windows 2000 host are affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability. - Multiple VMware products are vulnerable to a potential denial of service attack.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2018-11-15
    plugin id 31729
    published 2008-04-02
    reporter Tenable
    title VMware Products Multiple Vulnerabilities (VMSA-2008-0005)
refmap via4
bid 28276
bugtraq 20080318 VMSA-2008-0005 Updated VMware Workstation, VMware Player, VMware Server, VMware ACE, and VMware Fusion resolve critical security issues
gentoo GLSA-201209-25
mlist [security-announce] 20080317 VMSA-2008-0005 Updated VMware Workstation, VMware Player, VMware Server, VMware ACE, and VMware Fusion resolve critical security issues
sectrack 1019621
sreason 3755
vupen ADV-2008-0905
xf vmware-authd-privilege-escalation(41257)
Last major update 14-05-2013 - 22:39
Published 19-03-2008 - 20:44
Last modified 11-10-2018 - 16:32
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