Protect Your VMware Virtual Machines – Update VMware Tools Now!

CVSScvssV3_1: 7.8

VMware Tools, which is used to integrate virtual machines with VMware hypervisors, contains a local privilege escalation vulnerability. This means anyone who has an account on a VMware virtual machine could potentially exploit this flaw to gain higher level admin privileges on that system.

The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-34057, has a CVSS score of 7.8 out of 10 indicating it is a serious issue. It allows a malicious actor who can log into a non-admin account on a VMware virtual machine to run commands with elevated admin privileges. This could then allow the actor to install malware, steal data, or otherwise compromise the entire virtual machine.

If exploited, a hacker could use this vulnerability to completely take over VMware virtual machines on your network. It’s important to update VMware Tools as soon as possible to patch this vulnerability. You should also ensure your VMware Tools are always kept up-to-date with the latest security patches to protect against future flaws. Regularly updating and patching all software helps prevent cyber attacks by removing access to known vulnerabilities.

Be sure to check all your VMware virtual machines and update VMware Tools right away using the latest version available from VMware. Also, review your VMware Tools update settings to make sure automatic updates are enabled. Taking action now helps guard your VMs and their data from malicious hackers seeking to exploit this privilege escalation bug. Staying on top of patches is one of the best ways to bolster your cyber security defenses.