GLSA-200802-08 : Boost: Denial of Service

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 31110


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200802-08 (Boost: Denial of Service)

Tavis Ormandy and Will Drewry from the Google Security Team reported a failed assertion in file regex/v4/perl_matcher_non_recursive.hpp (CVE-2008-0171) and a NULL pointer dereference in function get_repeat_type() file basic_regex_creator.hpp (CVE-2008-0172) when processing regular expressions.
Impact :

A remote attacker could provide specially crafted regular expressions to an application using Boost, resulting in a crash.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Boost users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-libs/boost-1.34.1-r2'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 31110

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200802-08.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Published: 2008/02/18

Modified: 2016/05/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:boost, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/02/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-0171, CVE-2008-0172

BID: 27325

OSVDB: 42790, 42791

GLSA: 200802-08

CWE: 20