Today, Cisco Talos is disclosing a vulnerability in VMware Workstation that could result in denial of service. VMware Workstation is a widely used virtualization platform designed to run alongside a normal operating system, allowing users to use both virtualized and physical systems concurrently.


Discovered by Piotr Bania of Cisco Talos
TALOS-2018-0589 / CVE-2018-6977 is an exploitable denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability in the VMware Workstation 14 software. The vulnerability lies in the pixel shader utilized by VMware Workstation and can be triggered by supplying a malformed pixel shader in either text or binary form inside a VMware guest operating system. This vulnerability can be triggered from VMware guest or VMware hosts and results in a process crashing leading to a DoS state.  Additionally, it is possible to trigger the vulnerability through WEBGL, assuming the browser will not use ANGLE and will supply the malformed shader as intended.

For more technical details, please read our advisory here.

Tested Software:

VMware Workstation 14 (


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Snort Rules: 46541 - 46542

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