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USN-4016-2: Neovim vulnerability

11 June 2019

Neovim could be made to run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

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Releases

Packages

  • neovim - heavily refactored vim fork

Details

It was discovered that Neovim incorrectly handled certain files. An attacker
could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2019-12735)

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Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 19.04
Ubuntu 18.10

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

References

Related notices

  • USN-4016-1: vim, vim-nox-py2, vim-gtk, vim-gtk-py2, vim-gnome, vim-doc, vim-tiny, vim-athena-py2, vim-gnome-py2, xxd, vim-gui-common, vim-nox, vim-runtime, vim-gtk3, vim-athena, vim-common, vim-gtk3-py2
  • USN-4862-1: neovim, neovim-runtime