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VMware has released a security update to address a vulnerability (CVE-2022-31676) in VMware Tools.

VMware Tools (12.0.0, 11.x.y and 10.x.y) contains the local privilege escalation vulnerability CVE-2022-31676.  This could allow a malicious actor (with local non-administrative access to the Guest OS) to escalate privileges as a root user in the virtual machine, therefore granting further access and opening the machine to malware and further exploitation.

The severity of this issue is in the Important severity range with a maximum CVSSv3 base score of 7.0.

Recommended Action

  • Affected organisations are required to review VMware's security advisory below
  • The affected product should be updated as soon as possible.



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