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USN-5578-1: Open VM Tools vulnerability

24 August 2022

open-vm-tools could be made to run programs as an administrator.

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Releases

Packages

  • open-vm-tools - Open VMware Tools for virtual machines hosted on VMware

Details

It was discovered that Open VM Tools incorrectly handled certain requests.
An attacker inside the guest could possibly use this issue to gain root
privileges inside the virtual machine.

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Ubuntu Pro provides ten-year security coverage to 25,000+ packages in Main and Universe repositories, and it is free for up to five machines.

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Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 22.04
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 18.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

References

Related notices

  • USN-5578-2: open-vm-tools-desktop, open-vm-tools-dev, open-vm-tools