Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 7.04 / 7.10 / 8.04 LTS : pcre3 vulnerability (USN-624-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 33504


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


Tavis Ormandy discovered that the PCRE library did not correctly handle certain in-pattern options. An attacker could cause applications linked against pcre3 to crash, leading to a denial of service.

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Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 33504

File Name: ubuntu_USN-624-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2008/07/15

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpcre3, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpcre3-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpcre3-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpcrecpp0, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:pcregrep, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:pgrep, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/07/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2371

USN: 624-1

CWE: 119