GLSA-202105-04 : Boost: Buffer overflow

medium Nessus Plugin ID 150011
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The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-202105-04 (Boost: Buffer overflow)

It was discovered that Boost incorrectly sanitized ‘next_size’ and ‘max_size’ parameter in ordered_malloc() function when allocating memory.
Impact :

A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted application-specific file (requiring runtime memory allocation to be processed correctly), that, when opened with an application using Boost C++ source libraries, possibly resulting in execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the process or a Denial of Service condition.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Boost users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-libs/boost-1.74.0-r2'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 150011

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-202105-04.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Published: 5/27/2021

Updated: 6/1/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:boost, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/26/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/25/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-2677

GLSA: 202105-04