Vim, gVim: Vulnerable options in modelines — GLSA 200412-10

Several vulnerabilities related to the use of options in modelines have been found and fixed in Vim. They could potentially result in a local user escalating privileges.

Affected Packages

app-editors/vim on all architectures
Affected versions < 6.3-r2
Unaffected versions >= 6.3-r2
app-editors/gvim on all architectures
Affected versions < 6.3-r2
Unaffected versions >= 6.3-r2

Background

Vim is an efficient, highly configurable improved version of the classic 'vi' text editor. gVim is the GUI version of Vim.

Description

Gentoo's Vim maintainer, Ciaran McCreesh, found several vulnerabilities related to the use of options in Vim modelines. Options like 'termcap', 'printdevice', 'titleold', 'filetype', 'syntax', 'backupext', 'keymap', 'patchmode' or 'langmenu' could be abused.

Impact

A local attacker could write a malicious file in a world readable location which, when opened in a modeline-enabled Vim, could trigger arbitrary commands with the rights of the user opening the file, resulting in privilege escalation. Please note that modelines are disabled by default in the /etc/vimrc file provided in Gentoo.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Vim users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-editors/vim-6.3-r2"

All gVim users should also upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-editors/gvim-6.3-r2"

References

Release Date
December 15, 2004

Latest Revision
December 15, 2004: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local

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