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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2007-2438

Original release date: 05/02/2007
Last revised: 10/30/2012


The sandbox for vim allows dangerous functions such as (1) writefile, (2) feedkeys, and (3) system, which might allow user-assisted attackers to execute shell commands and write files via modelines.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 7.6 HIGH
Impact Subscore: 10.0
Exploitability Subscore: 4.9
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Network exploitable - Victim must voluntarily interact with attack mechanism
Access Complexity: High
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Provides administrator access, Allows complete confidentiality, integrity, and availability violation; Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows disruption of service
Successful exploitation requires that the "modelines" option is enabled and the user is tricked into opening a malicious file.


The vendor has addressed this issue with the following patches: VIM Development Group VIM 7.0- VIM Development Group patch 7.0.234 ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/patches/7.0/7.0.234 VIM Development Group patch 7.0.235 ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/patches/7.0/7.0.235

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External Source: MISC
Name: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/vimdev/message/46627
External Source: SECTRACK
Name: 1018035
External Source: VIM
Name: 20070823 vim editor duplicates / clarifications
External Source: BID
Name: 23725
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2007:0346
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SR:2007:012
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDKSA-2007:101
External Source: VIM
Name: 20070513 OMG VIM VULN
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2007-1599
External Source: MLIST
Name: [vim-dev] 20070426 feedkeys() allowed in sandbox
External Source: MLIST
Name: [vim-dev] 20070428 Re: feedkeys() allowed in sandbox
External Source: TRUSTIX
Name: 2007-0017
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20070430 FLEA-2007-0014-1: vim
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://www.vim.org/news/news.php
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=238259
External Source: DEBIAN
Name: DSA-1364
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/vimdev/message/46645
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:9876
External Source: MLIST
Name: [vimannounce] 20070512 Stable Vim version 7.1 has been released
External Source: MISC
Name: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/vimdev/message/46658
External Source: XF
Name: vim-feedkeyswritefile-command-execution(34012)
External Source: OSVDB
Name: 36250
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-463-1

References to Check Content

Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:9876
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5

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