(Pwn2Own) VMware Workstation Uninitialized Memory Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

2017-03-30T00:00:00
ID ZDI-17-239
Type zdi
Reporter Tencent Security - Team Sniper (Keen Lab and PC Mgr)
Modified 2017-06-22T00:00:00

Description

This vulnerability allows local attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of VMware Workstation. An attacker must first obtain the ability to execute low-privileged code on the target system in order to exploit this vulnerability. The specific flaw exists within the handling of XHCI communication. The issue results from the lack of proper initialization of memory prior to accessing it. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to elevate privileges and execute arbitrary code under the context of the hypervisor.