Ubuntu 16.04 LTS / 17.10 : ruby2.3 vulnerabilities (USN-3553-1)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 106557
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Synopsis

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

Description

It was discovered that Ruby failed to validate specification names. An attacker could possibly use a maliciously crafted gem to potentially overwrite any file on the filesystem. (CVE-2017-0901)

It was discovered that Ruby was vulnerable to a DNS hijacking vulnerability. An attacker could use this to possibly force the RubyGems client to download and install gems from a server that the attacker controls. (CVE-2017-0902)

It was discovered that Ruby incorrectly handled certain YAML files. An attacker could use this to possibly execute arbitrary code.
(CVE-2017-0903).

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 libruby2.3 and / or ruby2.3 packages.

See Also

https://usn.ubuntu.com/3553-1/

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 106557

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3553-1.nasl

Version: 3.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2/1/2018

Updated: 9/18/2019

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libruby2.3, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ruby2.3, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:17.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/31/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/31/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-0901, CVE-2017-0902, CVE-2017-0903

USN: 3553-1