RHEL 3 / 4 / 5 : perl (RHSA-2008:0522)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 33155


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated perl packages that fix a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5.

This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

Perl is a high-level programming language commonly used for system administration utilities and Web programming.

A flaw was found in Perl's regular expression engine. A specially crafted regular expression with Unicode characters could trigger a buffer overflow, causing Perl to crash, or possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Perl. (CVE-2008-1927)

Users of perl are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve this issue.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 33155

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-0522.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.19 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2008/06/12

Modified: 2017/01/03

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:redhat:enterprise_linux:perl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perl-CGI, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perl-CPAN, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perl-DB_File, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perl-suidperl, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.2

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/06/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1927

BID: 28928

RHSA: 2008:0522

CWE: 399