An updated ruby package that fixes security issues is now available.
Ruby is an interpreted scripting language for object-oriented programming.
2. Relevant releases/architectures:
Red Hat Linux 7.3 - i386 Red Hat Linux 9 - i386 Fedora Core 1 - i386
3. Problem description:
A flaw was discovered in the CGI module of Ruby. If empty data is sent by the POST method to the CGI script which requires MIME type multipart/form-data, it can get stuck in a loop. A remote attacker could trigger this flaw and cause a denial of service. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2004-0983 to this issue.
Andres Salomon reported an insecure file permissions flaw in the CGI session management of Ruby. FileStore created world readable files that could allow a malicious local user the ability to read CGI session data. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2004-0755 to this issue.
Users are advised to upgrade to this erratum package, which contains backported patches fixing these issues.
Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata relevant to your system have been applied.
To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:
rpm -Fvh [filenames]
where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade. Only those RPMs which are currently installed will be updated. Those RPMs which are not installed but included in the list will not be updated. Note that you can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory *only* contains the desired RPMs.
Please note that this update is also available via yum and apt. Many people find this an easier way to apply updates. To use yum issue:
or to use apt:
apt-get update; apt-get upgrade
This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate RPMs being upgraded on your system. This assumes that you have yum or apt-get configured for obtaining Fedora Legacy content. Please visit http://www.fedoralegacy.org/docs for directions on how to configure yum and apt-get.