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Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:19:15 -0500
From: James McCoy <>
Subject: vim/neovim: Arbitrary command execution (CVE-2016-1248)

Hi all,

CVE-2016-1248 was assigned for a vulnerability in Vim which would allow
arbitrary shell commands to be run if a user opened a file with a
malicious modeline.  This is due to lack of validation of values for a
few options.  Those options' values are then used in Vim's scripts to
build a command string that's evaluated by :execute, which is what
allows the shell commands to be run.

This has been fixed in Vim by patch 8.0.0056[0], and new Windows builds
of Vim have been published with the fix, however the implications have
not yet been disclosed.

Since Neovim shares this code, it is also vulnerable.  It is fixed by
commit 4fad66f[1], but has not yet had a release.

This affects Vim at least as far back as 7.0.  I didn't check any older

This affects all released versions of Neovim.

Thanks to Florian Larysch for discovering this issue.


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