A vulnerability was reported in VMware Workstation and Player on Debian-based systems
VMware Workstation 8.x, 9.x and Player 4.x, 5.x
VMware Workstation and Player contain a vulnerability in the handling of the vmware-mount command
A local malicious user may exploit this vulnerability to escalate their privileges to root on the host OS. The issue is present when Workstation or Player are installed on a Debian-based version of Linux
A workaround for the issue is to remove the setuid bit from vmware-mount: # chmod u-s /usr/bin/vmware-mount
This workaround is relevant for both Workstation and Player.