USN-505-1: vim vulnerability

28 August 2007

vim vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • vim


Ulf Harnhammar discovered that vim does not properly sanitise the “helptags_one()” function when running the “helptags” command. By tricking a user into running a crafted help file, a remote attacker could 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 7.04
vim - 1:7.0-164+1ubuntu7.2
Ubuntu 6.10
vim - 1:7.0-035+1ubuntu5.2
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
vim - 1:6.4-006+2ubuntu6.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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