Escaping VMware Workstation through COM1

| December 21, 2017

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VMware Workstation offers printer “virtualization”, allowing a Guest OS to access and print documents on printers available to the Host OS. On VMware Workstation 11.1, the virtual printer device is added by default to new VMs, and on recent Windows Hosts, the Microsoft XPS Document Writer is available as a default printer. Even if the VMware Tools are not installed in the Guest, the COM1 port can be used to talk to the Host printing Proxy.

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