Privilege escalation vulnerability in VMware Workstatation and Player fixed

VMware, one of the popular virtual machine software, has issued security update for VMware Workstation and VMware Player patches a vulnerability(CVE-2013-5972) that could result in an escalation of privilege on Linux-based host machines.

"VMware Workstation and VMware Player contain a vulnerability in the handling of shared libraries. " the Security advisory reads.

The vulnerability allows a local attacker to escalate the privilege to root in the host OS.  The security flaw doesn't allow an attacker for privilege escalation from the Guest Operating System to the host or vice-versa.

VMware workstation 9.x versions and VMPlayer 6.x versions on Linux host machines are affected by this vulnerability.

Users are recommended to apply the patch.  Download the latest versions from here: 1 , 2.
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