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VMWare VMnc Codec Mismatched Dimensions Buffer Overflow



Secunia Research: VMWare VMnc Codec Mismatched Dimensions Buffer Overflow
Secunia Research: VMWare VMnc Codec Mismatched Dimensions Buffer Overflow



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                     Secunia Research 07/09/2009

      - VMWare VMnc Codec Mismatched Dimensions Buffer Overflow -

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Table of Contents

Affected Software....................................................1
Severity.............................................................2
Vendor's Description of Software.....................................3
Description of Vulnerability.........................................4
Solution.............................................................5
Time Table...........................................................6
Credits..............................................................7
References...........................................................8
About Secunia........................................................9
Verification........................................................10

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1) Affected Software 

* VMWare Workstation version 6.5.2 build 156735.

NOTE: Other products and versions may also be affected.

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2) Severity 

Rating: Highly critical
Impact: System access
Where:  Remote

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3) Vendor's Description of Software 

"VMware Workstation makes it simple to create and run multiple virtual
machines on your desktop or laptop computer. ... You can even use 
Workstation 6.5 to record and play video files ..."

Product Link:
http://www.vmware.com/products/ws/ 

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4) Description of Vulnerability

Secunia Research has discovered a vulnerability in various VMWare 
products, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a 
user's system.

The vulnerability is caused due to a boundary error in the VMnc codec
(vmnc.dll) and can be exploited to cause a heap-based buffer overflow
via a specially crafted video file with mismatched dimensions.

Successful exploitation may allow execution of arbitrary code.

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5) Solution 

Update to version 6.5.3 build 185404.

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6) Time Table 

30/04/2009 - Vendor notified.
30/04/2009 - Vendor response.
21/08/2009 - Patched VMware Workstation, Player, and ACE released.
04/09/2009 - Patched VMware Workstation Movie Decoder released.
07/09/2009 - Public disclosure.

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7) Credits 

Discovered by Alin Rad Pop, Secunia Research.

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8) References

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned
CVE-2009-0199 for the vulnerability.

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9) About Secunia

Secunia offers vulnerability management solutions to corporate
customers with verified and reliable vulnerability intelligence
relevant to their specific system configuration:

http://secunia.com/advisories/business_solutions/ 

Secunia also provides a publicly accessible and comprehensive advisory
database as a service to the security community and private 
individuals, who are interested in or concerned about IT-security.

http://secunia.com/advisories/ 

Secunia believes that it is important to support the community and to
do active vulnerability research in order to aid improving the 
security and reliability of software in general:

http://secunia.com/secunia_research/ 

Secunia regularly hires new skilled team members. Check the URL below
to see currently vacant positions:

http://secunia.com/corporate/jobs/ 

Secunia offers a FREE mailing list called Secunia Security Advisories:

http://secunia.com/advisories/mailing_lists/ 

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10) Verification 

Please verify this advisory by visiting the Secunia website:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/2009-25/ 

Complete list of vulnerability reports published by Secunia Research:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/ 

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