Updated vim packages are now available for Red Hat Linux. These updates resolve a security issue when opening a specially crafted text file. [Updated 16 April 2003] Added packages for Red Hat Linux on IBM iSeries and pSeries systems.
VIM (Vi 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 an attacker 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 functions in modelines.