Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 7.10 / 8.04 LTS / 8.10 : vim vulnerabilities (USN-712-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 38044
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionJan Minar discovered that Vim did not properly sanitize inputs before invoking the execute or system functions inside Vim scripts. If a user were tricked into running Vim scripts with a specially crafted input, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program. (CVE-2008-2712)
Ben Schmidt discovered that Vim did not properly escape characters when performing keyword or tag lookups. If a user were tricked into running specially crafted commands, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program.
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SolutionUpdate the affected packages.