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USN-5433-1: Vim vulnerabilities

23 May 2022

Several security issues were fixed in Vim.

Releases

Packages

  • vim - Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor

Details

It was discovered that Vim incorrectly handled parsing of filenames in its
search functionality. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted
file, an attacker could crash the application, leading to a denial of
service. (CVE-2021-3973)

It was discovered that Vim incorrectly handled memory when opening and
searching the contents of certain files. If a user were tricked into opening
a specially crafted file, an attacker could crash the application, leading to
a denial of service, or possibly achieve code execution with user privileges.
(CVE-2021-3974)

It was discovered that Vim incorrectly handled memory when opening and editing
certain files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted file,
an attacker could crash the application, leading to a denial of service, or
possibly achieve code execution with user privileges. (CVE-2021-3984,
CVE-2021-4019, CVE-2021-4069)

It was discovered that Vim was using freed memory when dealing with regular
expressions inside a visual selection. If a user were tricked into opening a
specially crafted file, an attacker could crash the application, leading to a
denial of service, or possibly achieve code execution with user privileges.
(CVE-2021-4192)

It was discovered that Vim was incorrectly performing read and write
operations when in visual block mode, going beyond the end of a line and
causing a heap buffer overflow. If a user were tricked into opening a
specially crafted file, an attacker could crash the application, leading to a
denial of service, or possibly achieve code execution with user privileges.
(CVE-2022-0261, CVE-2022-0318)

It was discovered that Vim was using freed memory when dealing with regular
expressions through its old regular expression engine. If a user were tricked
into opening a specially crafted file, an attacker could crash the application,
leading to a denial of service, or possibly achieve code execution with user
privileges. (CVE-2022-1154)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04

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

Related notices

  • USN-5247-1: vim-nox, vim-common, vim-gui-common, vim-athena, vim-tiny, xxd, vim-gtk, vim-gtk3, vim-doc, vim, vim-runtime, vim-gnome