Ubuntu 9.04 : php5 vulnerabilities (USN-761-2)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 38194


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


USN-761-1 fixed vulnerabilities in PHP. This update provides the corresponding updates for Ubuntu 9.04.

It was discovered that PHP did not sanitize certain error messages when display_errors is enabled, which could result in browsers becoming vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks when processing the output. With cross-site scripting vulnerabilities, if a user were tricked into viewing server output during a crafted server request, a remote attacker could exploit this to modify the contents, or steal confidential data (such as passwords), within the same domain.

It was discovered that PHP did not properly handle certain malformed strings when being parsed by the json_decode function. A remote attacker could exploit this flaw and cause the PHP server to crash, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 38194

File Name: ubuntu_USN-761-2.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/04/28

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libapache2-mod-php5, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libapache2-mod-php5filter, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php-pear, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-cgi, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-cli, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-common, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-curl, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-gd, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-gmp, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-ldap, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-mhash, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-mysql, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-odbc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-pgsql, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-pspell, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-recode, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-snmp, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-sqlite, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-sybase, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-tidy, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-xmlrpc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-xsl, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.04

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

Patch Publication Date: 2009/04/27

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-5814, CVE-2009-1271

USN: 761-2

CWE: 79