SRC-2022-0011 : VMware Workspace ONE Access gatherConfig.hzn Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

CVE ID: CVE-2022-22960

CVSS Score: 7.8, (/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Vendors: VMWare

Affected Products: Workspace ONE Access, Identity Manager, vRealize Automation

Vulnerability Details: This vulnerability allows local attackers to escalate privileges on affected installations of VMware Workspace ONE Access. An attacker must first obtain the ability to execute low-privileged code on the target system in order to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within gatherConfig.hzn script. The issue results from allowing attackers to take ownership of sensitive files. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to escalate privileges and execute arbitrary code in the context of root.

Vendor Response:

VMWare has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline:

  • 2022-02-25 – Sent to VMWare PSIRT

  • 2022-04-06 – Coordinated public release of advisory

Proof of Concept:

Credit: This vulnerability was discovered by Steven Seeley (mr_me) of Qihoo 360 Vulnerability Research Institute