Amazon Linux AMI : vim (ALAS-2023-1893)

high Nessus Plugin ID 186590


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


It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the ALAS-2023-1893 advisory.

- Vim is an improved version of the good old UNIX editor Vi. Heap-use-after-free in memory allocated in the function `ga_grow_inner` in in the file `src/alloc.c` at line 748, which is freed in the file `src/ex_docmd.c` in the function `do_cmdline` at line 1010 and then used again in `src/cmdhist.c` at line 759. When using the `:history` command, it's possible that the provided argument overflows the accepted value. Causing an Integer Overflow and potentially later an use-after-free. This vulnerability has been patched in version 9.0.2068. (CVE-2023-46246)

- Heap-based Buffer Overflow in GitHub repository vim/vim prior to 9.0.1969. (CVE-2023-5344)

- NULL Pointer Dereference in GitHub repository vim/vim prior to 20d161ace307e28690229b68584f2d84556f8960.

- Use After Free in GitHub repository vim/vim prior to v9.0.2010. (CVE-2023-5535)

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


Run 'yum update vim' to update your system.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 186590

File Name: ala_ALAS-2023-1893.nasl

Version: 1.1

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 12/5/2023

Updated: 12/6/2023

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.6

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-5535


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:vim-common, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:xxd, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:vim-enhanced, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:vim-data, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:vim-debuginfo, cpe:/o:amazon:linux, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:vim-filesystem, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:vim-minimal

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/29/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/2/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-46246, CVE-2023-5344, CVE-2023-5441, CVE-2023-5535