GLSA 200801-02 R: Multiple vulnerabilities
Posted on: 01/09/2008 09:30 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - R: Multiple vulnerabilities. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200801-02:02
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: R: Multiple vulnerabilities
Date: January 09, 2008
Updated: January 09, 2008
Bugs: #198976
ID: 200801-02:02

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Synopsis
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Multiple vulnerabilities in R could result in the execution of
arbitrary code.

Background
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R is a GPL licensed implementation of S, a language and environment for
statistical computing and graphics. PCRE is a library providing
functions for Perl-compatible regular expressions.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-lang/R lt; 2.2.1-r1 gt;= 2.2.1-r1

Description
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R includes a copy of PCRE which is vulnerable to multiple buffer
overflows and memory corruptions vulnerabilities (GLSA 200711-30).

Impact
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An attacker could entice a user to process specially crafted regular
expressions with R, which could possibly lead to the execution of
arbitrary code, a Denial of Service or the disclosure of sensitive
information.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All R users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-lang/R-2.2.1-r1"

References
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[ 1 ] GLSA 200711-30
http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200711-30.xml

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-200801-02.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 2008 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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