Flaws Fixed in VMware ESXi, Workstation, Fusion

VMware notified users previous week that it fixed numerous flaws that can central to a denial-of-service situation or information revelation in its ESXi, Workstation, and Fusion products. VMware defined the vulnerabilities as out-of-bounds delivered problems in the shader translator element. A hacker with consistent customer rights can feat the security flaws to acquire details or crash simulated machines.

The flaws, categorized as significant, are followed as CVE-2018-6965, CVE-2018-6966 and CVE-2018-6967. A Tencent ZhanluLab researcher who practices the online moniker “RanchoIce” has been recognized for reporting the vulnerabilities to VMware. An investigator from CISCO Talos individually exposed CVE-2018-6965.

The bugs influence ESXi 6.7 and Workstation 14.x functioning on any platform according to VMware, and Fusion 10.x functioning on OS X. Fixes and updates have been announced for every of the distressed products. CISCO Talos has issued a recommended comprising technical particulars for CVE-2018-6965. The corporation has allotted a CVSS score of 6.5 to this flaw, which places it nearby the high sternness range.

“A specially crafted pixel shader can cause a read access violation resulting in, at least, denial of service. An attacker can provide a specially crafted shader file (either in binary or text form) to trigger this vulnerability. This vulnerability can be triggered from VMware guest and VMware host, which will be affected (leading to vmware-vmx.exe process crash on host),” Talos wrote in its advisory.

“In short, it is possible to create a shader in such a way that it will cause invalid pointer calculation. The pointer is later used for read memory operations. This causes access violation due to the pointer being invalid, which results in a denial of service, but could potentially be turned into an information disclosure vulnerability,” Talos added.

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