Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 17.10 : Perl vulnerabilities (USN-3625-1)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 109086
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Synopsis

The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.

Description

It was discovered that Perl incorrectly handled certain regular expressions. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause Perl to hang, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. (CVE-2015-8853)

It was discovered that Perl incorrectly loaded libraries from the current working directory. A local attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. (CVE-2016-6185)

It was discovered that Perl incorrectly handled the rmtree and remove_tree functions. A local attacker could possibly use this issue to set the mode on arbitrary files. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. (CVE-2017-6512)

Brian Carpenter discovered that Perl incorrectly handled certain regular expressions. An attacker could use this issue to cause Perl to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue has only been addressed in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 17.10. (CVE-2018-6797)

Nguyen Duc Manh discovered that Perl incorrectly handled certain regular expressions. An attacker could use this issue to cause Perl to crash, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 17.10. (CVE-2018-6798)

GwanYeong Kim discovered that Perl incorrectly handled certain data when using the pack function. An attacker could use this issue to cause Perl to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2018-6913).

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 perl package.

See Also

https://usn.ubuntu.com/3625-1/

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 109086

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3625-1.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 4/17/2018

Updated: 9/17/2020

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

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

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:perl, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, 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

Patch Publication Date: 4/16/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/25/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-8853, CVE-2016-6185, CVE-2017-6512, CVE-2018-6797, CVE-2018-6798, CVE-2018-6913

USN: 3625-1