VMware Workstation/Fusion/ESX/View up to 9.0.1 VMCI.SYS input validation

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A vulnerability classified as critical has been found in VMware Workstation, Fusion, ESX and View up to 9.0.1 (Virtualization Software). Affected is some unknown functionality of the file VMCI.SYS. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-20. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was disclosed 02/07/2013 by Derek Soeder and Kostya Kortchinsky with Cylance Inc./Microsoft as VMSA-2013-0002 as confirmed advisory (Website). The advisory is shared for download at vmware.com. This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2013-1406 since 01/19/2013. The exploitability is told to be easy. The attack needs to be approached locally. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. Technical details and a public exploit are known.

A public exploit has been developed by Artem Shishkin and been published 4 weeks after the advisory. It is declared as proof-of-concept. The exploit is shared for download at exploit-db.com. As 0-day the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 64643 (VMSA-2013-0002 : VMware ESX, Workstation, Fusion, and View VMCI privilege escalation vulnerability), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family VMware ESX Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 216043 (VMWare ESXi 4.0.0 Patch Release ESXi400-201302001 Missing (KB2041344)).

Upgrading to version 9.0.1 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 57867), X-Force (81947), Secunia (SA52131), SecurityTracker (ID 1028100) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-38456). Further details are available at nakedsecurity.sophos.com. The entries 7573, 7572, 7575 and 7574 are pretty similar.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 8.4
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 7.6

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Class: Privilege escalation
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
Author: Artem Shishkin
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Nessus ID: 64643
Nessus Name: VMSA-2013-0002 : VMware ESX, Workstation, Fusion, and View VMCI privilege escalation vulnerability
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OpenVAS ID: 103662
OpenVAS Name: VMSA-2013-0002 VMware ESX, Workstation, Fusion, and View VMCI privilege escalation vulnerability
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Vendor: https://www.vmware.com/

Advisory: VMSA-2013-0002
Researcher: Derek Soeder/Kostya Kortchinsky
Organization: Cylance Inc./Microsoft
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2013-1406 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 57867 - Multiple VMware Products CVE-2013-1406 Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
Secunia: 52131 - VMware Multiple Products VMCI Privilege Escalation Vulnerability, Less Critical
X-Force: 81947
SecurityTracker: 1028100 - VMware Workstation, Fusion, and View 'VMCI.SYS' Driver Flaw Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
Vulnerability Center: 38456 - VMware Multiple Products Local Arbitrary Code Execution - CVE-2013-1406, High
OSVDB: 90019

scip Labs: https://www.scip.ch/en/?labs.20060413
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Created: 02/12/2013 09:53 AM
Updated: 05/04/2021 03:53 PM
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Committer: olku


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