GLSA-200807-03 : PCRE: Buffer overflow

High Nessus Plugin ID 33460


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200807-03 (PCRE: Buffer overflow)

Tavis Ormandy of the Google Security team reported a heap-based buffer overflow when compiling regular expression patterns containing 'Internal Option Settings' such as '(?i)'.
Impact :

A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a specially crafted regular expression to an application making use of the PCRE library, which could possibly lead to the execution of arbitrary code or a Denial of Service.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All PCRE users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-libs/libpcre-7.7-r1' All GLib users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-libs/glib-2.16.3-r1'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 33460

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200807-03.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2008/07/10

Modified: 2015/08/10

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:glib, p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:libpcre, 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: 2008/07/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2371

OSVDB: 46690

GLSA: 200807-03

CWE: 119