Privilege escalation in VMware Fusion

Published: 2020-09-16
Risk Low
Patch available NO
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-3980
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit Public exploit code for vulnerability #1 is available.
Vulnerable software
VMware Fusion
Client/Desktop applications / Virtualization software

Vendor VMware, Inc

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

EUVDB-ID: #VU46759

Risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2020-3980

CWE-ID: CWE-264 - Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

Exploit availability: Yes


The vulnerability allows a local user to escalate privileges on the system.

The vulnerability exists due to the way the affected software allows configuring the system wide path. A local user can trick an admin user into executing malicious code on the system where Fusion is installed.


Cybersecurity Help is currently unaware of any official solution to address this vulnerability.

Vulnerable software versions

VMware Fusion: 11.0.0 - 11.5.5

CPE2.3 External links

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