Updated vim packages that fix multiple vulnerabilities are now available.
VIM (Vi IMproved) is an updated and improved version of the vi screen-based editor.
2. Relevant releases/architectures:
Red Hat Linux 7.3 - i386 Red Hat Linux 9 - i386 Fedora Core 1 - i386
3. Problem description:
Ciaran McCreesh discovered a modeline vulnerability in VIM. It is possible that a malicious user could create a file containing a specially crafted modeline which could cause arbitrary command execution when viewed by a victim. Please note that this issue only affects users who have modelines and filetype plugins enabled, which is not the default. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project has assigned the name CAN-2004-1138 to this issue.
The Debian Security Audit Project discovered an insecure temporary file usage in VIM. A local user could overwrite or create files as a different user who happens to run one of the the vulnerable utilities. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2005-0069 to this issue.
All users of VIM are advised to upgrade to these erratum packages, which contain backported patches for these issues.
Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata relevant to your system have been applied.
To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:
rpm -Fvh [filenames]
where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade. Only those RPMs which are currently installed will be updated. Those RPMs which are not installed but included in the list will not be updated. Note that you can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory *only* contains the desired RPMs.
Please note that this update is also available via yum and apt. Many people find this an easier way to apply updates. To use yum issue:
or to use apt:
apt-get update; apt-get upgrade
This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate RPMs being upgraded on your system. This assumes that you have yum or apt-get configured for obtaining Fedora Legacy content. Please visit http://www.fedoralegacy.org/docs for directions on how to configure yum and apt-get.