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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2007-2953

Original release date: 07/31/2007
Last revised: 10/30/2012


Format string vulnerability in the helptags_one function in src/ex_cmds.c in Vim 6.4 and earlier, and 7.x up to 7.1, allows user-assisted remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via format string specifiers in a help-tags tag in a help file, related to the helptags command.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 6.8 MEDIUM
Impact Subscore: 6.4
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: Provides user account access, Allows partial confidentiality, integrity, and availability violation; Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (08/06/2007)
Red Hat is aware of this issue and is tracking it via the following bug: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=248542 The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact, a future update may address this flaw. More information regarding issue severity can be found here: http://www.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/

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External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:6463
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-505-1
External Source: VIM
Name: 20070823 vim editor duplicates / clarifications
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SR:2007:018
External Source: DEBIAN
Name: DSA-1364
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2009-0033
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.avaya.com/elmodocs2/security/ASA-2009-001.htm
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:11549
External Source: TRUSTIX
Name: 2007-0026
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2008:0617
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/patches/7.1/7.1.039
Type: Patch Information
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20090401 VMSA-2009-0004 ESX Service Console updates for openssl, bind, and vim
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2009-0904
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2009-0004.html
External Source: BID
Name: 25095
Type: Patch Information
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDKSA-2007:168
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2008:0580
External Source: XF
Name: vim-helptagsone-code-execution(35655)
Type: Patch Information
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDVSA-2008:236
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2007-2687
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20070730 FLEA-2007-0036-1 vim vim-minimal gvim
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: https://issues.rpath.com/browse/RPL-1595

References to Check Content

Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:11549
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5
Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:6463
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5

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