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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Vim Vendors:   Vim.org
Vim Sandbox Functions Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Commands
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1018035
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1018035
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-2438   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 10 2007
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 7.0
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in vim. A remote user can cause arbitrary commands to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a text file containing a specially crafted modeline that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary commands on the target system. The commands will run with the privileges of the target user.

The writefile, feedkeys, and system functions within the sandbox can be exploited.

Tomas Golembiovsky reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can create a file that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary commands on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a source code fix ('src/eval.c').
Vendor URL:  vim.org/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error, Input validation error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
May 10 2007 (Red Hat Issues Fix) Vim Sandbox Functions Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Commands
Red Hat has released a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.



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