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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   Solaris Vendors:   Sun
Solaris Text Editors (vi, ex, vedit, view, and edit) Tag Processing Bug Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020898
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-4131   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Sep 25 2008
Original Entry Date:  Sep 18 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 8, 9, 10
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in the Solaris text editors. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user can exploit a flaw in the processing of tags to execute arbitrary code on the target system with the privileges of another user.

The vi(1), ex(1), vedit(1), view(1), and edit(1) editors are affected.

"Eli the Bearded" reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   Sun has issued the following fixes.

SPARC Platform

* Solaris 8 with patch 110903-08 or later
* Solaris 9 with patch 113031-04 or later
* Solaris 10 with patch 120830-06 or later

x86 Platform

* Solaris 8 with patch 110904-08 or later
* Solaris 9 with patch 116479-02 or later
* Solaris 10 with patch 120831-06 or later

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Not specified

Message History:   None.

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