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USN-5578-2: Open VM Tools vulnerability

24 August 2022

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



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


USN-5578-1 fixed a vulnerability in Open VM Tools. This update provides
the corresponding update for Ubuntu 16.04 ESM.

Original advisory 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.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04

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


Related notices

  • USN-5578-1: open-vm-tools, open-vm-tools-sdmp, open-vm-tools-dev, open-vm-tools-desktop