Slackware 10.0 / 10.1 / 8.1 / 9.0 / 9.1 / current : PCRE library (SSA:2005-242-01)

high Nessus Plugin ID 19858
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The remote Slackware host is missing a security update.


New PCRE packages are available for Slackware 8.1, 9.0, 9.1, 10.0, 10.1, and -current to fix a security issue. A buffer overflow could be triggered by a specially crafted regular expression. Any applications that use PCRE to process untrusted regular expressions may be exploited to run arbitrary code as the user running the application.
The PCRE library is also provided in an initial installation by the aaa_elflibs package, so if your system has a /usr/lib/ symlink, then you should install this updated package even if the PCRE package itself is not installed on the system.


Update the affected pcre package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 19858

File Name: Slackware_SSA_2005-242-01.nasl

Version: 1.17

Type: local

Published: 10/5/2005

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.5


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:slackware:slackware_linux:pcre, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux:10.0, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux:10.1, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux:8.1, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux:9.0, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux:9.1

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Slackware/release, Host/Slackware/packages

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/30/2005

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/20/2005

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2491

SSA: 2005-242-01