GLSA 200802-08 Boost: Denial of Service
Posted on: 02/15/2008 12:35 AM

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

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200802-08
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Boost: Denial of Service
Date: February 14, 2008
Bugs: #205955
ID: 200802-08

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Synopsis
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Two vulnerabilities have been reported in Boost, each one possibly
resulting in a Denial of Service.

Background
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Boost is a set of C++ libraries, including the Boost.Regex library to
process regular expressions.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-libs/boost lt; 1.34.1-r2 gt;= 1.34.1-r2

Description
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Tavis Ormandy and Will Drewry from the Google Security Team reported a
failed assertion in file regex/v4/perl_matcher_non_recursive.hpp
(CVE-2008-0171) and a NULL pointer dereference in function
get_repeat_type() file basic_regex_creator.hpp (CVE-2008-0172) when
processing regular expressions.

Impact
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A remote attacker could provide specially crafted regular expressions
to an application using Boost, resulting in a crash.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Boost users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-libs/boost-1.34.1-r2"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-0171
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-0171
[ 2 ] CVE-2008-0172
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-0172

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-200802-08.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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