GLSA-200812-17 : Ruby: Multiple vulnerabilities

critical Nessus Plugin ID 35188


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200812-17 (Ruby: Multiple vulnerabilities)

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Ruby interpreter and its standard libraries. Drew Yao of Apple Product Security discovered the following flaws:
Arbitrary code execution or Denial of Service (memory corruption) in the rb_str_buf_append() function (CVE-2008-2662).
Arbitrary code execution or Denial of Service (memory corruption) in the rb_ary_stor() function (CVE-2008-2663).
Memory corruption via alloca in the rb_str_format() function (CVE-2008-2664).
Memory corruption ('REALLOC_N') in the rb_ary_splice() and rb_ary_replace() functions (CVE-2008-2725).
Memory corruption ('beg + rlen') in the rb_ary_splice() and rb_ary_replace() functions (CVE-2008-2726).
Furthermore, several other vulnerabilities have been reported:
Tanaka Akira reported an issue with resolv.rb that enables attackers to spoof DNS responses (CVE-2008-1447).
Akira Tagoh of RedHat discovered a Denial of Service (crash) issue in the rb_ary_fill() function in array.c (CVE-2008-2376).
Several safe level bypass vulnerabilities were discovered and reported by Keita Yamaguchi (CVE-2008-3655).
Christian Neukirchen is credited for discovering a Denial of Service (CPU consumption) attack in the WEBRick HTTP server (CVE-2008-3656).
A fault in the dl module allowed the circumvention of taintness checks which could possibly lead to insecure code execution was reported by 'sheepman' (CVE-2008-3657).
Tanaka Akira again found a DNS spoofing vulnerability caused by the resolv.rb implementation using poor randomness (CVE-2008-3905).
Luka Treiber and Mitja Kolsek (ACROS Security) disclosed a Denial of Service (CPU consumption) vulnerability in the REXML module when dealing with recursive entity expansion (CVE-2008-3790).
Impact :

These vulnerabilities allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code, spoof DNS responses, bypass Ruby's built-in security and taintness checks, and cause a Denial of Service via crash or CPU exhaustion.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Ruby users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-lang/ruby-1.8.6_p287-r1'

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 35188

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200812-17.nasl

Version: 1.33

Type: local

Published: 12/17/2008

Updated: 1/6/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.6


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:ruby, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/16/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1447, CVE-2008-2376, CVE-2008-2662, CVE-2008-2663, CVE-2008-2664, CVE-2008-2725, CVE-2008-2726, CVE-2008-3655, CVE-2008-3656, CVE-2008-3657, CVE-2008-3790, CVE-2008-3905

BID: 29903, 30036, 30131, 30644, 30802, 31699

CWE: 20, 189, 264, 287, 399

GLSA: 200812-17

IAVA: 2008-A-0045