Amazon Linux 2023 : open-vm-tools, open-vm-tools-desktop, open-vm-tools-devel (ALAS2023-2023-350)

high Nessus Plugin ID 181702


The remote Amazon Linux 2023 host is missing a security update.


It is, therefore, affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the ALAS2023-2023-350 advisory.

- A malicious actor that has been granted Guest Operation Privileges vSphere/8.0/vsphere-security/GUID-6A952214-0E5E-4CCF-9D2A-90948FF643EC.html in a target virtual machine may be able to elevate their privileges if that target virtual machine has been assigned a more privileged Guest Alias public/d1902b0e-d479-46bf-8ac9-cee0e31e8ec0/07ce8dbd- db48-4261-9b8f-c6d3ad8ba472/vim.vm.guest.AliasManager.html . (CVE-2023-20900)

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Run 'dnf update open-vm-tools --releasever 2023.2.20230920' to update your system.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 181702

File Name: al2023_ALAS2023-2023-350.nasl

Version: 1.1

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/20/2023

Updated: 11/2/2023

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:A/AC:H/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-20900


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:A/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:open-vm-tools, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:open-vm-tools-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:open-vm-tools-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:open-vm-tools-desktop, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:open-vm-tools-desktop-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:open-vm-tools-devel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:open-vm-tools-salt-minion, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:open-vm-tools-sdmp, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:open-vm-tools-sdmp-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:open-vm-tools-test, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:open-vm-tools-test-debuginfo, cpe:/o:amazon:linux:2023

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/AmazonLinux/release, Host/AmazonLinux/rpm-list

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/14/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/31/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-20900

IAVA: 2023-A-0450-S