VMware Movie Decoder up to 6.5.4 untrusted search path

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A vulnerability was found in VMware Movie Decoder up to 6.5.4 and classified as critical. Affected by this issue is an unknown code block. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a untrusted search path vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-426. The product searches for critical resources using an externally-supplied search path that can point to resources that are not under the product's direct control. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Untrusted search path vulnerability in the installer in VMware Movie Decoder before 9.0 allows local users to gain privileges via a Trojan horse executable file in the installer directory.

The weakness was shared 10/05/2012 by Mitja Kolsek with ACROS Security (Website). The advisory is shared for download at archives.neohapsis.com. This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2012-4897 since 09/12/2012. The attack needs to be approached locally. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The MITRE ATT&CK project declares the attack technique as T1574.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 63113 (VMware Movie Decoder < 9.0 Path Subversion Arbitrary DLL Injection Code Execution (VMSA-2012-0014)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows.

Upgrading to version 6.5.5 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (79046), Tenable (63113), SecurityFocus (BID 55802†), OSVDB (85957†) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-37574†).






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Class: Untrusted search path
CWE: CWE-426

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Remote: No

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Nessus ID: 63113
Nessus Name: VMware Movie Decoder < 9.0 Path Subversion Arbitrary DLL Injection Code Execution (VMSA-2012-0014)
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Upgrade: Movie Decoder 6.5.5


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Vendor: vmware.com

Advisory: archives.neohapsis.com
Researcher: Mitja Kolsek
Organization: ACROS Security
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2012-4897 (🔍)
X-Force: 79046
SecurityFocus: 55802 - VMware Movie Decoder Binary Planting Vulnerability
OSVDB: 85957
Vulnerability Center: 37574 - VMware Movie Decoder Before 9.0 Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability, Medium

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


Created: 03/24/2015 12:22 PM
Updated: 12/14/2021 06:04 PM
Changes: 03/24/2015 12:22 PM (60), 04/22/2017 12:56 PM (8), 12/14/2021 06:04 PM (3)
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