RHEL 4 : pcre (RHSA-2007:0968)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 27646


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


Updated pcre packages that correct two security flaws are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

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

PCRE is a Perl-compatible regular expression library.

Multiple flaws were found in the way pcre handles certain malformed regular expressions. If an application linked against pcre, such as Konqueror, parses a malicious regular expression, it may be possible to run arbitrary code as the user running the application.

Users of pcre are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.

Red Hat would like to thank Tavis Ormandy and Will Drewry for properly disclosing these issues.


Update the affected pcre and / or pcre-devel packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 27646

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2007-0968.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.16 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/11/06

Modified: 2016/12/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:pcre, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:pcre-devel, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.5

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

Patch Publication Date: 2007/11/05

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-1660

RHSA: 2007:0968

CWE: 119