GLSA-200411-23 : Ruby: Denial of Service issue

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 15724


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200411-23 (Ruby: Denial of Service issue)

Ruby's developers found and fixed an issue in the CGI module that can be triggered remotely and cause an infinite loop.
Impact :

A remote attacker could trigger the vulnerability through an exposed Ruby web application and cause the server to use unnecessary CPU resources, potentially resulting in a Denial of Service.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Ruby 1.6.x users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-lang/ruby-1.6.8-r12' All Ruby 1.8.x users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-lang/ruby-1.8.2_pre3'

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 15724

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200411-23.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/11/16

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2004/11/16

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/11/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0983

GLSA: 200411-23