RHEL 4 / 5 : ruby (RHSA-2008:0897)

High Nessus Plugin ID 34466


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


Updated ruby packages that fix several security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.

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

Ruby is an interpreted scripting language for quick and easy object-oriented programming.

The Ruby DNS resolver library, resolv.rb, used predictable transaction IDs and a fixed source port when sending DNS requests. A remote attacker could use this flaw to spoof a malicious reply to a DNS query. (CVE-2008-3905)

Ruby's XML document parsing module (REXML) was prone to a denial of service attack via XML documents with large XML entity definitions recursion. A specially crafted XML file could cause a Ruby application using the REXML module to use an excessive amount of CPU and memory.

An insufficient 'taintness' check flaw was discovered in Ruby's DL module, which provides direct access to the C language functions. An attacker could use this flaw to bypass intended safe-level restrictions by calling external C functions with the arguments from an untrusted tainted inputs. (CVE-2008-3657)

A denial of service flaw was discovered in WEBrick, Ruby's HTTP server toolkit. A remote attacker could send a specially crafted HTTP request to a WEBrick server that would cause the server to use an excessive amount of CPU time. (CVE-2008-3656)

A number of flaws were found in the safe-level restrictions in Ruby.
It was possible for an attacker to create a carefully crafted malicious script that can allow the bypass of certain safe-level restrictions. (CVE-2008-3655)

A denial of service flaw was found in Ruby's regular expression engine. If a Ruby script tried to process a large amount of data via a regular expression, it could cause Ruby to enter an infinite-loop and crash. (CVE-2008-3443)

Users of ruby should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 34466

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-0897.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.23 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2008/10/22

Modified: 2017/01/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.1

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:irb, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-docs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-irb, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-libs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-mode, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-rdoc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-ri, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-tcltk, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.7, 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: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/10/21

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1145, CVE-2008-3443, CVE-2008-3655, CVE-2008-3656, CVE-2008-3657, CVE-2008-3790, CVE-2008-3905, CVE-2008-4310

BID: 30644, 30682, 31699

RHSA: 2008:0897

CWE: 20, 22, 264, 287, 399