VMware have posted a knowledge base article on 2003-06-27 that describes
the workaround to protect a system against potential priviledge escalation.
It is at:
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>Subject: VMware Workstation 4.0: Possible privilege escalation on the host
> via symlink manipulation
>It is possible for a user to gain an esclation in privileges on a system
>running VMware Workstation 4.0 for Linux systems by symlink manipulation
>in a world-writable directory such as /tmp.
>Affected systems: VMware Workstation 4.0 for Linux systems
>Dates: This was reported to VMware on 2003-06-17 and VMware is posting
>to Bugtraq on 2003-06-26.
>1. VMware has identified a workaround and a Knowledge Base article will
>posted by noon Pacific Time on 2003-06-27 at the following url.
>2. VMware plans to release a patch that will resolve this problem
>shortly. VMware will announce details when available.