VDB-4053 · CVE-2009-2267 · BID 36841

VMware Server up to 2.0.1 Remote Code Execution

CVSS Meta Temp Score
CVSS is a standardized scoring system to determine possibilities of attacks. The Temp Score considers temporal factors like disclosure, exploit and countermeasures. The unique Meta Score calculates the average score of different sources to provide a normalized scoring system.
Current Exploit Price (≈)
Our analysts are monitoring exploit markets and are in contact with vulnerability brokers. The range indicates the observed or calculated exploit price to be seen on exploit markets. A good indicator to understand the monetary effort required for and the popularity of an attack.
CTI Interest Score
Our Cyber Threat Intelligence team is monitoring different web sites, mailing lists, exploit markets and social media networks. The CTI Interest Score identifies the interest of attackers and the security community for this specific vulnerability in real-time. A high score indicates an elevated risk to be targeted for this vulnerability.

A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, was found in VMware Server up to 2.0.1 (Virtualization Software). This affects an unknown function. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a remote code execution vulnerability. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

VMware Workstation 6.5.x before 6.5.3 build 185404, VMware Player 2.5.x before 2.5.3 build 185404, VMware ACE 2.5.x before 2.5.3 build 185404, VMware Server 1.x before 1.0.10 build 203137 and 2.x before 2.0.2 build 203138, VMware Fusion 2.x before 2.0.6 build 196839, VMware ESXi 3.5 and 4.0, and VMware ESX 2.5.5, 3.0.3, 3.5, and 4.0, when Virtual-8086 mode is used, do not properly set the exception code upon a page fault (aka #PF) exception, which allows guest OS users to gain privileges on the guest OS by specifying a crafted value for the cs register.

The weakness was presented 10/28/2009 by Tavis Ormandy and Julien Tinnes with Google Security Team (Website). The advisory is shared at vmware.com. This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2009-2267 since 07/01/2009. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details are unknown but a public exploit is available.

The exploit is shared for download at securityfocus.com. It is declared as proof-of-concept. We expect the 0-day to have been worth approximately $25k-$100k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 42308 (VMware Products Privilege Escalation Vulnerability (VMSA-2009-0015)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 116657 (VMware Hosted Products and ESX Multiple Vulnerabilities (VMSA-2009-0015)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at vmware.com. The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version. A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (42308). See VDB-50674 for similar entry.







CPE 2.3info

CPE 2.2info


VulDB CVSS-B Score: 🔍
VulDB CVSS-BT Score: 🔍
VulDB Vector: 🔍
VulDB Reliability: 🔍


VulDB Meta Base Score: 9.8
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 8.8

VulDB Base Score: 9.8
VulDB Temp Score: 8.8
VulDB Vector: 🔍
VulDB Reliability: 🔍



VulDB Base Score: 🔍
VulDB Temp Score: 🔍
VulDB Reliability: 🔍

NVD Base Score: 🔍


Class: Remote Code Execution
CWE: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

Availability: 🔍
Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
Download: 🔍

EPSS Score: 🔍
EPSS Percentile: 🔍

Price Prediction: 🔍
Current Price Estimation: 🔍


Nessus ID: 42308
Nessus Name: VMware Products Privilege Escalation Vulnerability (VMSA-2009-0015)
Nessus File: 🔍
Nessus Risk: 🔍
Nessus Family: 🔍
Nessus Context: 🔍

OpenVAS ID: 801143
OpenVAS Name: VMware Products Guest Privilege Escalation Vulnerability - Nov09 (Linux)
OpenVAS File: 🔍
OpenVAS Family: 🔍

Qualys ID: 🔍
Qualys Name: 🔍

Threat Intelligenceinfo

Interest: 🔍
Active Actors: 🔍
Active APT Groups: 🔍


Recommended: Upgrade
Status: 🔍

0-Day Time: 🔍

Patch: vmware.com


07/01/2009 🔍
10/27/2009 +118 days 🔍
10/27/2009 +0 days 🔍
10/27/2009 +0 days 🔍
10/27/2009 +0 days 🔍
10/28/2009 +1 days 🔍
10/28/2009 +0 days 🔍
10/29/2009 +0 days 🔍
11/02/2009 +4 days 🔍
11/02/2009 +0 days 🔍
11/19/2009 +17 days 🔍
03/17/2021 +4136 days 🔍


Vendor: vmware.com

Advisory: vmware.com
Researcher: Tavis Ormandy, Julien Tinnes
Organization: Google Security Team
Status: Confirmed
Confirmation: 🔍

CVE: CVE-2009-2267 (🔍)

SecurityTracker: 1023083 - VMware ESX Page Fault Exception Handling Flaw Lets Local Users on a Guest OS Gain Elevated Privileges on the Guest OS
Vulnerability Center: 23909 - VMware Local Privilege Escalation and Code Execution Vulnerability, Medium
SecurityFocus: 36841 - VMware Products Page Fault Exception Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
Secunia: 37172 - VMware Products Guest Privilege Escalation Vulnerability, Less Critical
OSVDB: 59441 - VMware Multiple Products Guest OS Page Fault Local Privilege Escalation
Vupen: ADV-2009-3062

scip Labs: https://www.scip.ch/en/?labs.20060413
See also: 🔍


Created: 11/19/2009 04:04 PM
Updated: 03/17/2021 03:46 PM
Changes: 11/19/2009 04:04 PM (83), 02/16/2017 10:08 AM (14), 03/17/2021 03:46 PM (3)
Complete: 🔍
Cache ID: 3:2D5:40


No comments yet. Languages: en.

Please log in to comment.

Do you need the next level of professionalism?

Upgrade your account now!