USN-463-1: vim vulnerability

23 May 2007

vim vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10

Software Description


Tomas Golembiovsky discovered that some vim commands were accidentally allowed in modelines. By tricking a user into opening a specially crafted file in vim, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with user privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.04
vim - 1:7.0-164+1ubuntu7.1
Ubuntu 6.10
vim - 1:7.0-035+1ubuntu5.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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