Privilege escalation in VMware Tools

Published: 2018-07-14
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2018-6969
Exploitation vector Local network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
VMware Tools
Client/Desktop applications / Other client software

Vendor VMware, Inc

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Out-of-bounds read

EUVDB-ID: #VU13867

Risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 7.7 [CVSS:3.1/AV:A/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2018-6969

CWE-ID: CWE-125 - Out-of-bounds Read

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows an adjacent attacker to obtain potentially sensitive information or gain elevated privileges on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to out-of-bounds memory read error in HGFS. An adjacent attacker can obtain potentially sensitive information or gain elevated privileges.


Update to version 10.3.0.

Vulnerable software versions

VMware Tools: 10.0.0 - 10.2.5

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the local network (LAN).

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.