GLSA 200608-20 Ruby on Rails: Several vulnerabilities
Posted on: 08/14/2006 11:32 AM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - Ruby on Rails: Several vulnerabilities. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200608-20
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: Ruby on Rails: Several vulnerabilities
Date: August 14, 2006
Bugs: #143369
ID: 200608-20

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Synopsis
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Ruby on Rails has some weaknesses potentially allowing a Denial of
Service and maybe the remote execution of arbitrary Ruby scripts.

Background
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Ruby on Rails is an open-source web framework.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-ruby/rails lt; 1.1.6 gt;= 1.1.6

Description
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The Ruby on Rails developers have corrected some weaknesses in
action_controller/, relative to the handling of the user input and the
LOAD_PATH variable. A remote attacker could inject arbitrary entries
into the LOAD_PATH variable and alter the main Ruby on Rails process.
The security hole has only been partly solved in version 1.1.5. Version
1.1.6 now fully corrects it.

Impact
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A remote attacker that would exploit these weaknesses might cause a
Denial of Service of the web framework and maybe inject arbitrary Ruby
scripts.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Ruby on Rails users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-ruby/rails-1.1.6"

References
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[ 1 ] Ruby on Rails original advisory (1.1.5)

http://weblog.rubyonrails.org/2006/8/9/rails-1-1-5-mandatory-security-patch=
-and-other-tidbits
[ 2 ] Ruby on Rails update (1.1.6)

http://weblog.rubyonrails.org/2006/8/10/rails-1-1-6-backports-and-full-disc=
losure

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200608-20.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2006 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5



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