GLSA 200805-17 Perl: Execution of arbitrary code
Posted on: 05/20/2008 09:00 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - Perl: Execution of arbitrary code. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200805-17
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Perl: Execution of arbitrary code
Date: May 20, 2008
Bugs: #219203
ID: 200805-17

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Synopsis
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A double free vulnerability was discovered in Perl, possibly resulting
in the execution of arbitrary code and a Denial of Service.

Background
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Perl is a stable, cross platform programming language.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-lang/perl lt; 5.8.8-r5 gt;= 5.8.8-r5
2 sys-devel/libperl lt; 5.8.8-r2 gt;= 5.8.8-r2
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2 affected packages on all of their supported architectures.
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Description
===========

Tavis Ormandy and Will Drewry of the Google Security Team have reported
a double free vulnerability when processing a crafted regular
expression containing UTF-8 characters.

Impact
======

A remote attacker could possibly exploit this vulnerability to execute
arbitrary code or cause a Denial of Service.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Perl users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-lang/perl-5.8.8-r5"

All libperl users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=sys-devel/libperl-5.8.8-r2"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-1927
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-1927

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-200805-17.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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