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USN-5147-1: Vim vulnerabilities

15 November 2021

Several security issues were fixed in Vim.

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Releases

Packages

  • vim - Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor

Details

It was discovered that Vim incorrectly handled permissions on the .swp
file. A local attacker could possibly use this issue to obtain sensitive
information. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 ESM. (CVE-2017-17087)

It was discovered that Vim incorrectly handled restricted mode. A local
attacker could possibly use this issue to bypass restricted mode and
execute arbitrary commands. Note: This update only makes executing shell
commands more difficult. Restricted mode should not be considered a
complete security measure. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 ESM.
(CVE-2019-20807)

Brian Carpenter discovered that vim incorrectly handled memory
when opening certain files. If a user was tricked into opening
a specially crafted file, a remote attacker could crash the
application, leading to a denial of service, or possible execute
arbitrary code with user privileges. This issue only affected
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 21.04 and Ubuntu 21.10. (CVE-2021-3872)

It was discovered that vim incorrectly handled memory when
opening certain files. If a user was tricked into opening
a specially crafted file, a remote attacker could crash the
application, leading to a denial of service, or possible execute
arbitrary code with user privileges. (CVE-2021-3903)

It was discovered that vim incorrectly handled memory when
opening certain files. If a user was tricked into opening
a specially crafted file, a remote attacker could crash the
application, leading to a denial of service, or possible execute
arbitrary code with user privileges. (CVE-2021-3927)

It was discovered that vim incorrectly handled memory when
opening certain files. If a user was tricked into opening
a specially crafted file, a remote attacker could crash the
application, leading to a denial of service, or possible execute
arbitrary code with user privileges. (CVE-2021-3928)

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Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 21.10
Ubuntu 21.04
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 14.04

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

Related notices

  • USN-4582-1: vim-tiny, vim-athena-py2, vim-gtk3, vim-gtk3-py2, vim-nox, vim-athena, vim-common, vim-gtk, vim-gui-common, vim, vim-gnome, vim-gnome-py2, vim-runtime, vim-gtk-py2, vim-nox-py2, vim-doc, xxd