USN-543-1: VMWare vulnerabilities

15 November 2007

linux-restricted-modules-2.6.1720, vmware-player-kernel-2.6.15 vulnerabilities

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • linux-restricted-modules-2.6.20
  • linux-restricted-modules-2.6.17
  • vmware-player-kernel-2.6.15


Neel Mehta and Ryan Smith discovered that the VMWare Player DHCP server did not correctly handle certain packet structures. Remote attackers could send specially crafted packets and gain root privileges. (CVE-2007-0061, CVE-2007-0062, CVE-2007-0063)

Rafal Wojtczvk discovered multiple memory corruption issues in VMWare Player. Attackers with administrative privileges in a guest operating system could cause a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code on the host operating system. (CVE-2007-4496, CVE-2007-4497)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.04
vmware-player-kernel-modules-2.6.20-16 -
vmware-server-kernel-modules-2.6.20-16 -
vmware-tools-kernel-modules-2.6.20-16 -
Ubuntu 6.10
vmware-player-kernel-modules-2.6.17-12 -
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
vmware-player-kernel-modules-2.6.15-29 -

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to reboot your computer to effect the necessary changes.