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USN-712-1: Vim vulnerabilities

27 January 2009

Vim vulnerabilities

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Details

Jan Minar discovered that Vim did not properly sanitize inputs before invoking
the execute or system functions inside Vim scripts. If a user were tricked
into running Vim scripts with a specially crafted input, an attacker could
execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program.
(CVE-2008-2712)

Ben Schmidt discovered that Vim did not properly escape characters when
performing keyword or tag lookups. If a user were tricked into running specially
crafted commands, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges
of the user invoking the program. (CVE-2008-4101)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.10
Ubuntu 8.04
Ubuntu 7.10
Ubuntu 6.06

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the
necessary changes.