Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 8.04 LTS / 8.10 / 9.04 / 9.10 : libhtml-parser-perl vulnerability (USN-855-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 42408


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


Mark Martinec discovered that HTML::Parser incorrectly handled strings with incomplete entities. An attacker could send specially crafted input to applications that use HTML::Parser and cause a denial of service.

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 libhtml-parser-perl package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 42408

File Name: ubuntu_USN-855-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/11/06

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libhtml-parser-perl, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2009/11/05

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-3627

OSVDB: 59451

USN: 855-1

CWE: 20