Ubuntu 4.10 / 5.04 / 5.10 : perl vulnerability (USN-222-1)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 20764
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionJack Louis of Dyad Security discovered that Perl did not sufficiently check the explicit length argument in format strings. Specially crafted format strings with overly large length arguments led to a crash of the Perl interpreter or even to execution of arbitrary attacker-defined code with the privileges of the user running the Perl program.
However, this attack was only possible in insecure Perl programs which use variables with user-defined values in string interpolations without checking their validity.
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SolutionUpdate the affected packages.