VMware ESXi/Workstation Pro/Player/Fusion Pro/Fusion SVGA memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as very critical, was found in VMware ESXi, Workstation Pro, Player, Fusion Pro and Fusion (Virtualization Software). This affects an unknown function of the component SVGA. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-119. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

VMware ESXi 6.5 without patch ESXi650-201703410-SG, 6.0 U3 without patch ESXi600-201703401-SG, 6.0 U2 without patch ESXi600-201703403-SG, 6.0 U1 without patch ESXi600-201703402-SG, and 5.5 without patch ESXi550-201703401-SG; Workstation Pro / Player 12.x prior to 12.5.5; and Fusion Pro / Fusion 8.x prior to 8.5.6 have an uninitialized stack memory usage in SVGA. This issue may allow a guest to execute code on the host.

The bug was discovered 03/28/2017. The weakness was released 06/07/2017 by ZDI and Team 360 Security with Qihoo (Website). The advisory is shared at vmware.com. This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2017-4903 since 12/26/2016. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available. The price for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 12/26/2020).

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 99103 (VMware Fusion 8.x < 8.5.6 Multiple Vulnerabilities (VMSA-2017-0006) (macOS)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family MacOS X Local Security Checks and running in the context local. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 370354 (VMware Workstation Pro, VMware Workstation Player and VMware Fusion Multiple Vulnerabilities. (VMSA-2017-0006)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 97160), SecurityTracker (ID 1038148) and Tenable (99103). Entries connected to this vulnerability are available at 102080, 102082 and 102083.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 9.4
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 9.0

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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 99103
Nessus Name: VMware Fusion 8.x < 8.5.6 Multiple Vulnerabilities (VMSA-2017-0006) (macOS)
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OpenVAS ID: 105038
OpenVAS Name: VMSA-2017-0006: VMware ESXi updates address critical and moderate security issues (remote check)
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Vendor: https://www.vmware.com/

Advisory: vmware.com
Researcher: ZDI/Team 360 Security
Organization: Qihoo
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2017-4903 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 97160 - Multiple VMware Products CVE-2017-4903 Local Memory Corruption Vulnerability
SecurityTracker: 1038148

scip Labs: https://www.scip.ch/en/?labs.20060413
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Created: 06/08/2017 08:39 AM
Updated: 12/26/2020 01:06 PM
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