Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 6.10 / 7.04 / 7.10 : perl vulnerability (USN-552-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 29237


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


It was discovered that Perl's regular expression library did not correctly handle certain UTF sequences. If a user or automated system were tricked into running a specially crafted regular expression, a remote attacker could crash the application or possibly execute arbitrary code with user privileges.

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: High

ID: 29237

File Name: ubuntu_USN-552-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/12/07

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 7.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:ND/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libcgi-fast-perl, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libperl-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libperl5.8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:perl, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:perl-base, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:perl-debug, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:perl-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:perl-modules, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:perl-suid, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.10

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2007/12/04

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-5116

BID: 26350

OSVDB: 40409

USN: 552-1

CWE: 119