FreeBSD : ruby -- Hash-flooding DoS vulnerability for ruby 1.9 (5e647ca3-2aea-11e2-b745-001fd0af1a4c)

This script is Copyright (C) 2012-2013 Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Synopsis :

The remote FreeBSD host is missing a security-related update.

Description :

The official ruby site reports :

Carefully crafted sequence of strings can cause a denial of service
attack on the service that parses the sequence to create a Hash object
by using the strings as keys. For instance, this vulnerability affects
web application that parses the JSON data sent from untrusted entity.

This vulnerability is similar to CVS-2011-4815 for ruby 1.8.7. ruby
1.9 versions were using modified MurmurHash function but it's reported
that there is a way to create sequence of strings that collide their
hash values each other. This fix changes the Hash function of String
object from the MurmurHash to SipHash 2-4.

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected package.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0

Family: FreeBSD Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 62886 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2012-5371

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