USN-3139-1: Vim vulnerability

29 November 2016

vim vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 16.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • vim - Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor


Florian Larysch discovered that the Vim text editor did not properly validate values for the ‘filetype’, ‘syntax’, and ‘keymap’ options. An attacker could trick a user into opening a file with specially crafted modelines and possibly execute arbitrary code with the user’s privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.10
vim - 2:7.4.1829-1ubuntu2.1
vim-common - 2:7.4.1829-1ubuntu2.1
vim-gui-common - 2:7.4.1829-1ubuntu2.1
vim-runtime - 2:7.4.1829-1ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
vim - 2:7.4.1689-3ubuntu1.2
vim-common - 2:7.4.1689-3ubuntu1.2
vim-gui-common - 2:7.4.1689-3ubuntu1.2
vim-runtime - 2:7.4.1689-3ubuntu1.2
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
vim - 2:7.4.052-1ubuntu3.1
vim-common - 2:7.4.052-1ubuntu3.1
vim-gui-common - 2:7.4.052-1ubuntu3.1
vim-runtime - 2:7.4.052-1ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
vim - 2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.2
vim-common - 2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.2
vim-gui-common - 2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.2
vim-runtime - 2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to restart Vim to make all the necessary changes.