Virtualisation specialist VMware has issued a security warning for three of its Linux products.
The company said in its its VMSA-2011-0006 update that it was working to solve a security issue in VMware Workstation 7.1.2. Workstation 6.5.5 and VIX API 1.10.2 products.
All of the vulnerable components run on Linux. No other products or operating systems are believed to be affected by the flaw.
VMware warned that the vulnerability could allow an attacker to achieve privilege escalation. An attacker could place an attack file in a certain library path, triggering a condition which would allow the attacker to take control of the vmrun utility.
VMware is advising users who run the vulnerable Workstation versions to install and apply the appropriate security patch.
The patch comes as software vendors are being called on to take greater steps to thwart attacks on security flaws. Microsoft has urged developers to adopt its practice of building threat mitigations systems into their products.
The company argues that such measures can help to limit the scope of attacks on current and future security vulnerabilities.
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