Remote code execution in VMware Workstation and Fusion

Published: 2022-01-04 | Updated: 2022-02-15
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2021-22045
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
VMware Workstation
Client/Desktop applications / Virtualization software

VMware Fusion
Client/Desktop applications / Virtualization software

Vendor VMware, Inc

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one high risk vulnerability.

1) Heap-based buffer overflow

EUVDB-ID: #VU59182

Risk: High


CVE-ID: CVE-2021-22045

CWE-ID: CWE-122 - Heap-based Buffer Overflow

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error. A remote attacker with access to the guest OS with D-ROM device emulation can trigger heap-based buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the hypervisor.


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Vulnerable software versions

VMware Workstation: 16.0 - 16.1.2

VMware Fusion: before 12.2.0

CPE2.3 External links

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