RHEL 3 / 4 / 5 : perl (RHSA-2007:0966)

high Nessus Plugin ID 27644


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated Perl packages that fix a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5.

This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

Perl is a high-level programming language commonly used for system administration utilities and Web programming.

A flaw was found in Perl's regular expression engine. Specially crafted input to a regular expression can cause Perl to improperly allocate memory, possibly resulting in arbitrary code running with the permissions of the user running Perl. (CVE-2007-5116)

Users of Perl are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve this issue.

Red Hat would like to thank Tavis Ormandy and Will Drewry for properly disclosing this issue.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 27644

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2007-0966.nasl

Version: 1.27

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 11/6/2007

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7


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:redhat:enterprise_linux:perl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perl-CGI, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perl-CPAN, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perl-DB_File, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perl-suidperl, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/5/2007

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/7/2007

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-5116

BID: 26350

RHSA: 2007:0966

CWE: 119