Debian Security Advisory

DLA-1871-1 vim -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
03 Aug 2019
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Debian bugtracking system: Bug 867720, Bug 930020.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2017-11109, CVE-2017-17087, CVE-2019-12735.
More information:

Several minor issues have been fixed in vim, a highly configurable text editor.

  • CVE-2017-11109

    Vim allows attackers to cause a denial of service (invalid free) or possibly have unspecified other impact via a crafted source (aka -S) file.

  • CVE-2017-17087

    Vim sets the group ownership of a .swp file to the editor's primary group (which may be different from the group ownership of the original file), which allows local users to obtain sensitive information by leveraging an applicable group membership.

  • CVE-2019-12735

    Vim did not restrict the `:source!` command when executed in a sandbox.

For Debian 8 Jessie, these problems have been fixed in version 2:7.4.488-7+deb8u4.

We recommend that you upgrade your vim packages.

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