DDI runs a series of generic directory traversal checks on VMware systems and found this vulnerability by tying together various strings of prompts in subdirectories. Castro says VMware products are "juicy," because by the nature of virtualization, they provide access to a lot of virtual machines. Directory traversals seem to be a consistent area of interest for both hackers and vulnerability auditors. He adds that VMware seems to be getting better at auditing third-party tools in recent months to ensure any updates and patches of tools VMware uses in its products and services are reflected in updates from VMware.
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