Debian DSA-1400-1 : perl - heap overflow

high Nessus Plugin ID 27804


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Will Drewry and Tavis Ormandy of the Google Security Team have discovered a UTF-8 related heap overflow in Perl's regular expression compiler, probably allowing attackers to execute arbitrary code by compiling specially crafted regular expressions.


Upgrade the perl package.

For the old stable distribution (sarge), this problem has been fixed in version 5.8.4-8sarge6.

For the stable distribution (etch), this problem has been fixed in version 5.8.8-7etch1.

Some architectures are missing from this DSA; these updates will be released once they are available.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 27804

File Name: debian_DSA-1400.nasl

Version: 1.20

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 11/7/2007

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, 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:debian:debian_linux:perl, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.1, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:4.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/6/2007

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-5116

DSA: 1400

CWE: 119