Ubuntu 4.10 / 5.04 : pcre3 vulnerability (USN-173-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 20580


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


A buffer overflow has been discovered in the PCRE, a widely used library that provides Perl compatible regular expressions. Specially crafted regular expressions triggered a buffer overflow. On systems that accept arbitrary regular expressions from untrusted users, this could be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the application using the library.

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Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 20580

File Name: ubuntu_USN-173-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/01/15

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpcre3, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpcre3-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:pcregrep, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:pgrep, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:4.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2005/08/23

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2491

BID: 14620

USN: 173-1