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RHSA-2002-302: vim Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the vim packages

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

Updated VIM packages are available for Red Hat Linux Advanced Server.
These updates resolve a security issue when opening a specially-crafted

[Updated 06 Feb 2003]
Added fixed packages for Advanced Workstation 2.1

VIM (VIsual editor iMproved) is a version of the vi editor.

VIM allows a user to set the modeline differently for each edited text
file by placing special comments in the files. Georgi Guninski found that
these comments can be carefully crafted in order to call external programs.
This could allow a possible hacker to create a text file such that when it is
opened arbitrary commands are executed.

Users of VIM are advised to upgrade to these errata packages which have
been patched to disable the usage of dangerous funtions in modelines.

Solution :
Threat Level: High

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