Vigil@nce : Vim, sensitive information broadcasting
August 2008 by Vigil@nce
An attacker can retrieve logins and passwords of a victim.
Consequences: privileged access/rights, data reading, data creation/edition
Provenance: internet client
Means of attack: no proof of concept, no attack
Ability of attacker: expert (4/4)
Confidence: confirmed by the editor (5/5)
Diffusion of the vulnerable configuration: high (3/3)
Creation date: 14/08/2008
Unix - plateform
Vim is a text editor which can use plugins such as "Netrw", this last permits to read or write files across networks.
Every time Vim opens a new FTP session, the "Netrw" plugin sends the login and the password of the last valid FTP session.
An attacker can therefore recover this information and thus modify files on the FTP server of the victim.