[Security-announce] NEW VMSA-2016-0019 VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address critical out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability

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                               VMware Security Advisory

Advisory ID: VMSA-2016-0019
Severity:    Critical
Synopsis:    VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address critical
             out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability
Issue date:  2016-11-13
Updated on:  2016-11-13 (Initial Advisory)
CVE number:  CVE-2016-7461

1. Summary

   VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address address critical
   out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability.

2. Relevant Products

   VMware Workstation Pro / Player
   VMware Fusion Pro / Fusion

3. Problem Description

   a. VMware Workstation and Fusion out-of-bounds memory access

   The drag-and-drop (DnD) function in VMware Workstation and Fusion has
   an out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability. This may allow a guest
   to execute code on the operating system that runs Workstation or
   Fusion.

   Workaround
   On Workstation Pro and Fusion, the issue cannot be exploited if both
   the drag-and-drop function and the copy-and-paste (C&P) function are
   disabled. Refer to the Reference section on documentation how to
   disable these functions. This workaround is not available on
   Workstation Player.

   VMware would like to thank Qinghao Tang and Xinlei Ying from the
   360 Marvel Team and lokihardt, all working with the organizers of
   PwnFest for reporting this issue to us.

   The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has
   assigned the identifier CVE-2016-7461 to this issue.

   Column 5 of the following table lists the action required to
   remediate the vulnerability in each release, if a solution is
   available.

   VMware       Product   Running             Replace with/  Mitigation
   Product      Version   on        Severity  Apply patch    Workaround
   ===========  ========  ========  ========  =============  ===========
   Workstation  12.x      Any       Critical  12.5.2         Disable
   Pro                                                       DnD and C&P

   Workstation  12.x      Any       Critical  12.5.2         None
   Player

   Fusion Pro   8.x       Mac OS X  Critical  8.5.2          Disable
   Fusion                                                    DnD and C&P

   ESXi         Any       ESXi      N/A       Not affected   N/A


4. Solution

   Please review the patch/release notes for your product and
   version and verify the checksum of your downloaded file.

   VMware Workstation Pro 12.5.2
   Downloads and Documentation:
   https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation
   https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/ws_pubs.html

   VMware Workstation Player 12.5.2
   Downloads and Documentation:
   https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer
   https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/player_pubs.html

   VMware Fusion Pro / Fusion 8.5.2
   Downloads and Documentation:
   https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadfusion
   https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/fusion_pubs.html

5. References

   http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-7461

   Workaround documentation

   Workstation Pro: Disabling drag-and-drop and copy-and-paste
   functionality

http://pubs.vmware.com/workstation-12/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/workstati
on-pro-12-user-guide.pdf
   (page 81 and 82)

   Fusion: Disabling drag-and-drop and copy-and-paste functionality

http://pubs.vmware.com/fusion-8/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/fusion-8-user-g
uide.pdf
   (page 135)

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6. Change log

   2016-11-13 VMSA-2016-0019
   Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of VMware
   Workstation Pro/Player 12.5.2 and VMware Fusion Pro, Fusion 8.5.2 on
   2016-11-13.

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