Debian DSA-1602-1 : pcre3 - buffer overflow

high Nessus Plugin ID 33403


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Tavis Ormandy discovered that PCRE, the Perl-Compatible Regular Expression library, may encounter a heap overflow condition when compiling certain regular expressions involving in-pattern options and branches, potentially leading to arbitrary code execution.


Upgrade the pcre3 packages.

For the stable distribution (etch), this problem has been fixed in version 6.7+7.4-4.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 33403

File Name: debian_DSA-1602.nasl

Version: 1.15

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/8/2008

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.6


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:pcre3, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:4.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/5/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2371

DSA: 1602

CWE: 119