Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 14.10 : ruby1.8, ruby1.9.1, ruby2.0, ruby2.1 vulnerabilities (USN-2397-1)

Ubuntu Security Notice (C) 2014-2017 Canonical, Inc. / NASL script (C) 2014-2017 Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Synopsis :

The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related

Description :

Will Wood discovered that Ruby incorrectly handled the encodes()
function. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause Ruby to
crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary
code. The default compiler options for affected releases should reduce
the vulnerability to a denial of service. (CVE-2014-4975)

Willis Vandevanter discovered that Ruby incorrectly handled XML entity
expansion. An attacker could use this flaw to cause Ruby to consume
large amounts of resources, resulting in a denial of service.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding
description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable
has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible
without introducing additional issues.

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0
CVSS Temporal Score : 4.5
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Ubuntu Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 78869 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2014-4975

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