ID CVE-2008-2098
Summary Heap-based buffer overflow in the VMware Host Guest File System (HGFS) in VMware Workstation 6 before 6.0.4 build 93057, VMware Player 2 before 2.0.4 build 93057, VMware ACE 2 before 2.0.2 build 93057, and VMware Fusion before 1.1.2 build 87978, when folder sharing is used, allows guest OS users to execute arbitrary code on the host OS via unspecified vectors.
Vulnerable Configurations
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:ace_2:2.0
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:ace_2:2.01
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:fusion:1.1
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:fusion:1.1.1
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_player_2:2.0
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_player_2:2.01
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_player_2:2.02
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_player_2:2.03
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_workstation:6.0.1
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_workstation:6.0.2
  • cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vmware_workstation:6.03
  • VMWare VMWare 6.0
Base: 6.9 (as of 03-06-2008 - 11:10)
  • Buffer Overflow via Environment Variables
    This attack pattern involves causing a buffer overflow through manipulation of environment variables. Once the attacker finds that they can modify an environment variable, they may try to overflow associated buffers. This attack leverages implicit trust often placed in environment variables.
  • Overflow Buffers
    Buffer Overflow attacks target improper or missing bounds checking on buffer operations, typically triggered by input injected by an attacker. As a consequence, an attacker is able to write past the boundaries of allocated buffer regions in memory, causing a program crash or potentially redirection of execution as per the attackers' choice.
  • Client-side Injection-induced Buffer Overflow
    This type of attack exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in targeted client software through injection of malicious content from a custom-built hostile service.
  • Filter Failure through Buffer Overflow
    In this attack, the idea is to cause an active filter to fail by causing an oversized transaction. An attacker may try to feed overly long input strings to the program in an attempt to overwhelm the filter (by causing a buffer overflow) and hoping that the filter does not fail securely (i.e. the user input is let into the system unfiltered).
  • MIME Conversion
    An attacker exploits a weakness in the MIME conversion routine to cause a buffer overflow and gain control over the mail server machine. The MIME system is designed to allow various different information formats to be interpreted and sent via e-mail. Attack points exist when data are converted to MIME compatible format and back.
  • Overflow Binary Resource File
    An attack of this type exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in the handling of binary resources. Binary resources may include music files like MP3, image files like JPEG files, and any other binary file. These attacks may pass unnoticed to the client machine through normal usage of files, such as a browser loading a seemingly innocent JPEG file. This can allow the attacker access to the execution stack and execute arbitrary code in the target process. This attack pattern is a variant of standard buffer overflow attacks using an unexpected vector (binary files) to wrap its attack and open up a new attack vector. The attacker is required to either directly serve the binary content to the victim, or place it in a locale like a MP3 sharing application, for the victim to download. The attacker then is notified upon the download or otherwise locates the vulnerability opened up by the buffer overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow via Symbolic Links
    This type of attack leverages the use of symbolic links to cause buffer overflows. An attacker can try to create or manipulate a symbolic link file such that its contents result in out of bounds data. When the target software processes the symbolic link file, it could potentially overflow internal buffers with insufficient bounds checking.
  • Overflow Variables and Tags
    This type of attack leverages the use of tags or variables from a formatted configuration data to cause buffer overflow. The attacker crafts a malicious HTML page or configuration file that includes oversized strings, thus causing an overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow via Parameter Expansion
    In this attack, the target software is given input that the attacker knows will be modified and expanded in size during processing. This attack relies on the target software failing to anticipate that the expanded data may exceed some internal limit, thereby creating a buffer overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow in an API Call
    This attack targets libraries or shared code modules which are vulnerable to buffer overflow attacks. An attacker who has access to an API may try to embed malicious code in the API function call and exploit a buffer overflow vulnerability in the function's implementation. All clients that make use of the code library thus become vulnerable by association. This has a very broad effect on security across a system, usually affecting more than one software process.
  • Buffer Overflow in Local Command-Line Utilities
    This attack targets command-line utilities available in a number of shells. An attacker can leverage a vulnerability found in a command-line utility to escalate privilege to root.
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 A VMware product installed on the remote host is affected by multiple vulnerabilities : - A heap overflow vulnerability in VMware Host Guest File System (HGFS), could allow a guest to execute arbitrary code subject to the privileges of the user running 'vmx' process. In order to successfully exploit this issue a folder should be shared on the host system and sharing should be enabled, which is disabled by default. (CVE-2012-2098) - A vulnerability in Virtual Machine Communication Interface (VMCI), a 'experimental' feature designed for users building client-server applications, could allow a guest to execute arbitrary code subject to the privileges of the user running 'vmx' process. For successful exploitation of this issue VMCI feature should be enabled on the host. (CVE-2012-2099)
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2018-11-15
    plugin id 32503
    published 2008-06-03
    reporter Tenable
    title VMware Products Multiple Vulnerabilities (VMSA-2008-0008)
refmap via4
bugtraq 20080530 VMSA-2008-0008 Updates to VMware Workstation, VMware Player, VMware ACE, VMware Fusion resolve critical security issues
gentoo GLSA-201209-25
sectrack 1020148
secunia 30476
vupen ADV-2008-1707
xf vmware-hgfs-bo(42753)
Last major update 14-05-2013 - 22:41
Published 02-06-2008 - 17:30
Last modified 11-10-2018 - 16:39
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