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Vulnerability Details : CVE-2008-4101

Vim 3.0 through 7.x before 7.2.010 does not properly escape characters, which allows user-assisted attackers to (1) execute arbitrary shell commands by entering a K keystroke on a line that contains a ";" (semicolon) followed by a command, or execute arbitrary Ex commands by entering an argument after a (2) "Ctrl-]" (control close-square-bracket) or (3) "g]" (g close-square-bracket) keystroke sequence, a different issue than CVE-2008-2712.
Publish Date : 2008-09-18 Last Update Date : 2018-10-11
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- CVSS Scores & Vulnerability Types

CVSS Score
Confidentiality Impact Complete (There is total information disclosure, resulting in all system files being revealed.)
Integrity Impact Complete (There is a total compromise of system integrity. There is a complete loss of system protection, resulting in the entire system being compromised.)
Availability Impact Complete (There is a total shutdown of the affected resource. The attacker can render the resource completely unavailable.)
Access Complexity Medium (The access conditions are somewhat specialized. Some preconditions must be satistified to exploit)
Authentication Not required (Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.)
Gained Access None
Vulnerability Type(s) Execute Code

- Additional Vendor Supplied Data

Vendor Impact CVSS Score CVSS Vector Report Date Publish Date
Redhat moderate 2008-08-20 2008-08-22
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- Related OVAL Definitions

Title Definition Id Class Family
CVE-2008-4101 unix
DSA-1733 vim -- several vulnerabilities oval:org.mitre.oval:def:7596 unix
DSA-1733-1 vim - multiple vulnerabilities oval:org.mitre.oval:def:20113 unix
ELSA-2008:0580: vim security update (Moderate) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:22692 unix
RHSA-2008:0580 -- vim security update (Moderate) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:29232 unix
RHSA-2008:0580: vim security update (Moderate) oval:com.redhat.rhsa:def:20080580 unix
RHSA-2008:0617: vim security update (Moderate) oval:com.redhat.rhsa:def:20080617 unix
Vim 3.0 through 7.x before 7.2.010 does not properly escape characters, which allows user-assisted attackers to (1) exec... oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10894 unix
Vim Insufficient Shell Escaping Multiple Command Execution Vulnerability oval:org.mitre.oval:def:5812 unix
OVAL (Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language) definitions define exactly what should be done to verify a vulnerability or a missing patch. Check out the OVAL definitions if you want to learn what you should do to verify a vulnerability.

- Products Affected By CVE-2008-4101

# Product Type Vendor Product Version Update Edition Language
1 Application VIM VIM 3.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
2 Application VIM VIM 4.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
3 Application VIM VIM 5.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
4 Application VIM VIM 5.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
5 Application VIM VIM 5.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
6 Application VIM VIM 5.3 Version Details Vulnerabilities
7 Application VIM VIM 5.4 Version Details Vulnerabilities
8 Application VIM VIM 5.5 Version Details Vulnerabilities
9 Application VIM VIM 5.6 Version Details Vulnerabilities
10 Application VIM VIM 5.7 Version Details Vulnerabilities
11 Application VIM VIM 5.8 Version Details Vulnerabilities
12 Application VIM VIM 6.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
13 Application VIM VIM 6.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
14 Application VIM VIM 6.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
15 Application VIM VIM 6.3 Version Details Vulnerabilities
16 Application VIM VIM 6.4 Version Details Vulnerabilities
17 Application VIM VIM 7.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
18 Application VIM VIM 7.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
19 Application VIM VIM 7.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities

- Number Of Affected Versions By Product

Vendor Product Vulnerable Versions

- References For CVE-2008-4101
MLIST [vim-dev] 20080903 Patch 7.2.010
XF vim-normal-command-execution(44626) CONFIRM
VUPEN ADV-2009-0904
VUPEN ADV-2009-0033
VUPEN ADV-2008-2780
BID 30795 Vim Insufficient Shell Escaping Multiple Command Execution Vulnerabilities Release Date:2010-01-08
BID 31681 RETIRED: Apple Mac OS X 2008-007 Multiple Security Vulnerabilities Release Date:2009-03-24
BUGTRAQ 20090401 VMSA-2009-0004 ESX Service Console updates for openssl, bind, and vim
BUGTRAQ 20080825 RE: Arbitrary Code Execution in Commands: K, Control-], g]
BUGTRAQ 20080822 Vim: Arbitrary Code Execution in Commands: K, Control-], g]
REDHAT RHSA-2008:0580
REDHAT RHSA-2008:0617
REDHAT RHSA-2008:0618
MLIST [oss-security] 20080915 Re: [oss-list] CVE request (vim)
MLIST [oss-security] 20080915 Re: [oss-list] CVE request (vim)
MLIST [oss-security] 20080911 Re: [oss-list] CVE request (vim)
APPLE APPLE-SA-2008-10-09
MLIST [oss-security] 20080911 [oss-list] CVE request (vim)
MLIST [vim_dev] 20080824 Bug with v_K and potentially K command

- Metasploit Modules Related To CVE-2008-4101

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