CentOS 4 / 5 : ruby (CESA-2008:0561)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 43694



The remote CentOS 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.

Multiple integer overflows leading to a heap overflow were discovered in the array- and string-handling code used by Ruby. An attacker could use these flaws to crash a Ruby application or, possibly, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the Ruby application using untrusted inputs in array or string operations. (CVE-2008-2376, CVE-2008-2662, CVE-2008-2663, CVE-2008-2725, CVE-2008-2726)

It was discovered that Ruby used the alloca() memory allocation function in the format (%) method of the String class without properly restricting maximum string length. An attacker could use this flaw to crash a Ruby application or, possibly, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the Ruby application using long, untrusted strings as format strings. (CVE-2008-2664)

Red Hat would like to thank Drew Yao of the Apple Product Security team for reporting these issues.

Users of Ruby should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve these issues.


Update the affected ruby packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 43694

File Name: centos_RHSA-2008-0561.nasl

Version: 1.17

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 1/6/2010

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.4

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:irb, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:ruby, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:ruby-devel, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:ruby-docs, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:ruby-irb, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:ruby-libs, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:ruby-mode, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:ruby-rdoc, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:ruby-ri, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:ruby-tcltk, cpe:/o:centos:centos:4, cpe:/o:centos:centos:5

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/CentOS/release, Host/CentOS/rpm-list

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/14/2008

Vulnerability Publication Date: 6/24/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2376, CVE-2008-2662, CVE-2008-2663, CVE-2008-2664, CVE-2008-2725, CVE-2008-2726

BID: 29903, 30036

CWE: 189, 399

RHSA: 2008:0561