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Title:       EGI SVG 'ALERT' [TLP:WHITE] CRITICAL risk VMware out of bounds read vulnerability CVE-2018-6974  

Date:        2018-10-24

Affected software and risk

CRITICAL risk vulnerability concerning VMware

Package : VMware
CVE ID  : CVE-2018-6974

An out of bounds read vulnerability has been announced in VMware [R 1], [R 2]. 
The vulnerability may be exploited by a malicious actor to execute code on the host as a guest. 
VMware ESXi 6.7, 6.5, and 6.0, Workstation 14.x and Fusion 10.x. are affected 

Actions required/recommended

Any site using VMware should update urgently if they have not done so already.   

Component installation information

As in announcement [R 3]

Apply patches based on the version and VMware product being used.

* ESXi 6.7

* ESXi 6.5

* ESXi 6.0

* Workstation Pro 14.1.3

* Workstation Player 14.1.3

* Fusion Pro / Fusion 10.1.3

More information

See [R 1], [R 2], [R 3]

This issue is relevant for sites using VMware as a hypervisor for their virtualized WNs, 
UIs or any other hosts with non-privileged users.  


** WHITE information - Unlimited distribution - 
   see for distribution restrictions**                       


Minor updates may be made without re-distribution to the sites


Comments or questions should be sent to svg-rat  at

If you find or become aware of another vulnerability which is relevant to EGI you may report it by e-mail to  

report-vulnerability at
the EGI Software Vulnerability Group will take a look according to the procedure defined in [R 4]  

Note that this has been updated and the latest version approved by the Operations Management Board in November 2017


[R 1]

[R 2]

[R 3]

[R 4]


SVG was alerted to this vulnerability by Andrew Adams via Trusted CI's cv-announce list  
Information here is largely from that announcement. The mail can be seen in the public archive [R 3] 

Yyyy-mm-dd  [EGI-SVG-2018-CVE-2018-6974] 

2018-10-19 SVG alerted to this issue by Andrew K Adams via Trusted CI's cv-announce list  
2018-10-23 Decision to send an alert  
2018-10-25 Alert sent to sites


This advisory has been prepared as part of the effort to fulfil EGI SVG's purpose 
"To minimize the risk to the EGI infrastructure arising from software vulnerabilities"

The risk is that assessed by the group, according to the EGI SVG issue handling procedure [R 4]  
in the context of how the software is used in the EGI infrastructure. 
It is the opinion of the group, we do not guarantee it to be correct. 
The risk may also be higher or lower in other deployments depending on how the software is used.   

Others may re-use this information provided they:-

1) Respect the provided TLP classification

2) Credit the EGI Software Vulnerability Group

On behalf of the EGI SVG,