Ubuntu 5.10 / 6.06 LTS / 6.10 : ruby1.8 vulnerability (USN-394-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 27980


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


An error was found in Ruby's CGI library that did not correctly quote the boundary of multipart MIME requests. Using a crafted HTTP request, a remote user could cause a denial of service, where Ruby CGI applications would end up in a loop, monopolizing a CPU.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 27980

File Name: ubuntu_USN-394-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/11/10

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:irb1.8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libdbm-ruby1.8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgdbm-ruby1.8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libopenssl-ruby1.8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libreadline-ruby1.8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libruby1.8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libruby1.8-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libtcltk-ruby1.8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:rdoc1.8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ri1.8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ruby1.8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ruby1.8-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ruby1.8-elisp, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ruby1.8-examples, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/12/07

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/11/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0983, CVE-2006-6303

OSVDB: 11534, 34238

USN: 394-1

CWE: 399