RHEL 3 / 4 / 5 : perl (RHSA-2007:0966)
High Nessus Plugin ID 27644
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionUpdated 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.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.