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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2008-4101

Original release date: 09/18/2008
Last revised: 10/30/2012
Source: US-CERT/NIST

Overview

Vim 3.0 through 7.x before 7.2.010 does not properly escape characters, which allows user-assisted attackers to (1) execute arbitrary shell commands by entering a K keystroke on a line that contains a ";" (semicolon) followed by a command, or execute arbitrary Ex commands by entering an argument after a (2) "Ctrl-]" (control close-square-bracket) or (3) "g]" (g close-square-bracket) keystroke sequence, a different issue than CVE-2008-2712.

Impact

CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 9.3 (HIGH) (AV:N/AC:M/AU:N/C:C/I:C/A:C) (legend)
Impact Subscore: 10.0
Exploitability Subscore: 8.6
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Network exploitable; Victim must voluntarily interact with attack mechanism
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service

Solution

Must have a valid e-mail address to access the patch on the "google groups" link.

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External Source: MISC
Name: http://groups.google.com/group/vim_dev/attach/9290f26f9bc11b33/K-arbitrary-command-execution.patch.v3?part=2
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=461927
External Source: MLIST
Name: [oss-security] 20080911 Re: [oss-list] CVE request (vim)
External Source: MLIST
Name: [vim_dev] 20080824 Bug with v_K and potentially K command
Type: Patch Information
External Source: MISC
Name: http://groups.google.com/group/vim_dev/attach/dd32ad3a84f36bb2/K-arbitrary-command-execution.patch?part=2
Type: Patch Information
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2008:0618
External Source: MLIST
Name: [oss-security] 20080911 [oss-list] CVE request (vim)
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3216
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 32864
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-2780
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10894
External Source: MISC
Name: http://groups.google.com/group/vim_dev/browse_thread/thread/1434d0812b5c817e/6ad2d5b50a96668e
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4077
External Source: MISC
Name: http://www.rdancer.org/vulnerablevim-K.html
External Source: APPLE
Name: APPLE-SA-2008-10-09
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:5812
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 32222
External Source: MLIST
Name: [vim-dev] 20080903 Patch 7.2.010
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.avaya.com/elmodocs2/security/ASA-2009-001.htm
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2008:0580
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2009-0033
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2009-0904
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2008:0617
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2009-0004.html
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 33410
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20090401 VMSA-2009-0004 ESX Service Console updates for openssl, bind, and vim
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20080822 Vim: Arbitrary Code Execution in Commands: K, Control-], g]
External Source: MLIST
Name: [oss-security] 20080915 Re: [oss-list] CVE request (vim)
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 32858
External Source: MLIST
Name: [oss-security] 20080915 Re: [oss-list] CVE request (vim)
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 31592
External Source: APPLE
Name: APPLE-SA-2010-03-29-1
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDVSA-2008:236
External Source: XF
Name: vim-normal-command-execution(44626)
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20080825 RE: Arbitrary Code Execution in Commands: K, Control-], g]
External Source: BID
Name: 30795
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.avaya.com/elmodocs2/security/ASA-2008-457.htm
External Source: BID
Name: 31681
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-712-1

References to Check Content

Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10894
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5
Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:5812
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5

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