GLSA-200508-17 : libpcre: Heap integer overflow

High Nessus Plugin ID 19537


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200508-17 (libpcre: Heap integer overflow)

libpcre fails to check certain quantifier values in regular expressions for sane values.
Impact :

An attacker could possibly exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code by sending specially crafted regular expressions to applications making use of the libpcre library.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All libpcre users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-libs/libpcre-6.3'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 19537

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200508-17.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.14 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/08/30

Modified: 2015/08/10

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2005/08/25

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/08/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2491

OSVDB: 18906

GLSA: 200508-17