GLSA 200612-21 Ruby: Denial of Service vulnerability
Posted on: 12/20/2006 10:50 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - Ruby: Denial of Service vulnerability. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200612-21
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Ruby: Denial of Service vulnerability
Date: December 20, 2006
Bugs: #157048
ID: 200612-21

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Synopsis
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The Ruby cgi.rb CGI library is vulnerable to a Denial of Service
attack.

Background
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Ruby is a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on
simplicity and productivity.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-lang/ruby lt; 1.8.5_p2 gt;= 1.8.5_p2

Description
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The read_multipart function of the CGI library shipped with Ruby
(cgi.rb) does not properly check boundaries in MIME multipart content.
This is a different issue than GLSA 200611-12.

Impact
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The vulnerability can be exploited by sending the cgi.rb library a
crafted HTTP request with multipart MIME encoding that contains a
malformed MIME boundary specifier. Successful exploitation of the
vulnerability causes the library to go into an infinite loop.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Ruby users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-lang/ruby-1.8.5_p2"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2006-6303
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-6303

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-200612-21.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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