[USN-3139-1] Vim vulnerability

Steve Beattie steve.beattie at canonical.com
Tue Nov 29 00:54:00 UTC 2016

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3139-1
November 29, 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 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

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


Package Information:

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