USN-4309-1: Vim vulnerabilities

23 March 2020

vim vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 19.10
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 ESM
  • Ubuntu 12.04 ESM

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in Vim.

Software Description

  • vim - Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor

Details

It was discovered that Vim incorrectly handled certain sources. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 12.04 ESM, Ubuntu 14.04 ESM and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (CVE-2017-11109)

It was discovered that Vim incorrectly handled certain files. An attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code. This issue only affected Ubuntu 12.04 ESM and Ubuntu 14.04 ESM. (CVE-2017-5953)

It was discovered that Vim incorrectly handled certain inputs. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 16.06 LTS. (CVE-2018-20786)

It was discovered that Vim incorrectly handled certain inputs. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code. This issue only affected Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 19.10. (CVE-2019-20079)

It was discovered that Vim incorrectly handled certain files. An attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code. This issue only affected Ubuntu 12.04 ESM, Ubuntu 14.04 ESM and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. (CVE-2017-6349, CVE-2017-6350)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 19.10
vim - 2:8.1.0875-5ubuntu2.1
vim-common - 2:8.1.0875-5ubuntu2.1
vim-gui-common - 2:8.1.0875-5ubuntu2.1
vim-runtime - 2:8.1.0875-5ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
vim - 2:8.0.1453-1ubuntu1.3
vim-common - 2:8.0.1453-1ubuntu1.3
vim-gui-common - 2:8.0.1453-1ubuntu1.3
vim-runtime - 2:8.0.1453-1ubuntu1.3
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
vim - 2:7.4.1689-3ubuntu1.4
vim-common - 2:7.4.1689-3ubuntu1.4
vim-gui-common - 2:7.4.1689-3ubuntu1.4
vim-runtime - 2:7.4.1689-3ubuntu1.4
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM
vim - 2:7.4.052-1ubuntu3.1+esm1
vim-common - 2:7.4.052-1ubuntu3.1+esm1
vim-gui-common - 2:7.4.052-1ubuntu3.1+esm1
vim-runtime - 2:7.4.052-1ubuntu3.1+esm1
Ubuntu 12.04 ESM
vim - 2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.3
vim-common - 2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.3
vim-gui-common - 2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.3
vim-runtime - 2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

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

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