GLSA-200805-17 : Perl: Execution of arbitrary code

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 32415


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200805-17 (Perl: Execution of arbitrary code)

Tavis Ormandy and Will Drewry of the Google Security Team have reported a double free vulnerability when processing a crafted regular expression containing UTF-8 characters.
Impact :

A remote attacker could possibly exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code or cause a Denial of Service.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Perl users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-lang/perl-5.8.8-r5' All libperl users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sys-devel/libperl-5.8.8-r2'

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 32415

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200805-17.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.14 $

Type: local

Published: 2008/05/22

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:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:libperl, p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:perl, 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: 2008/05/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1927

BID: 28928

OSVDB: 44588

GLSA: 200805-17

CWE: 399