VMware ESXi/Workstation Pro/Player/Fusion Pro/Fusion XHCI Controller memory corruption

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A vulnerability has been found in VMware ESXi, Workstation Pro, Player, Fusion Pro and Fusion (Virtualization Software) and classified as very critical. This vulnerability affects an unknown functionality of the component XHCI Controller. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-119. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

The XHCI controller in 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 has uninitialized memory usage. This issue may allow a guest to execute code on the host. The issue is reduced to a Denial of Service of the guest on ESXi 5.5.

The bug was discovered 03/28/2017. The weakness was disclosed 06/07/2017 by ZDI and Team Sniper with Tencent (Website). The advisory is available at vmware.com. This vulnerability was named CVE-2017-4904 since 12/26/2016. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available. The structure of the vulnerability defines a possible price range of 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 97165), SecurityTracker (ID 1038148) and Tenable (99103). The entries 102080, 102081 and 102083 are pretty similar.





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VulDB Meta Temp Score: 8.9

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

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Not defined

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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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12/26/2016 🔍
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12/26/2020 +1297 days 🔍


Vendor: https://www.vmware.com/

Advisory: vmware.com
Researcher: ZDI/Team Sniper
Organization: Tencent
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2017-4904 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 97165 - Multiple VMware Products CVE-2017-4904 Local Memory Corruption Vulnerability
SecurityTracker: 1038148

scip Labs: https://www.scip.ch/en/?labs.20060413
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Created: 06/08/2017 08:40 AM
Updated: 12/26/2020 01:14 PM
Changes: (1) advisory_person_name
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