Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / 10.04 LTS / 10.10 / 11.04 / 11.10 : php5 regression (USN-1358-2)

High Nessus Plugin ID 57932


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USN 1358-1 fixed multiple vulnerabilities in PHP. The fix for CVE-2012-0831 introduced a regression where the state of the magic_quotes_gpc setting was not correctly reflected when calling the ini_get() function.

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It was discovered that PHP computed hash values for form parameters without restricting the ability to trigger hash collisions predictably. This could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service by sending many crafted parameters. (CVE-2011-4885)

ATTENTION: this update changes previous PHP behavior by limiting the number of external input variables to 1000.
This may be increased by adding a 'max_input_vars' directive to the php.ini configuration file. See http://www.php.net/manual/en/info.configuration.php#ini.max- input-vars for more information.

Stefan Esser discovered that the fix to address the predictable hash collision issue, CVE-2011-4885, did not properly handle the situation where the limit was reached.
This could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code via a request containing a large number of variables. (CVE-2012-0830)

It was discovered that PHP did not always check the return value of the zend_strndup function. This could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service.

It was discovered that PHP did not properly enforce libxslt security settings. This could allow a remote attacker to create arbitrary files via a crafted XSLT stylesheet that uses the libxslt output extension. (CVE-2012-0057)

It was discovered that PHP did not properly enforce that PDORow objects could not be serialized and not be saved in a session. A remote attacker could use this to cause a denial of service via an application crash. (CVE-2012-0788)

It was discovered that PHP allowed the magic_quotes_gpc setting to be disabled remotely. This could allow a remote attacker to bypass restrictions that could prevent a SQL injection. (CVE-2012-0831)

USN 1126-1 addressed an issue where the /etc/cron.d/php5 cron job for PHP allowed local users to delete arbitrary files via a symlink attack on a directory under /var/lib/php5/. Emese Revfy discovered that the fix had not been applied to PHP for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. This update corrects the issue. We apologize for the error.

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.


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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 57932

File Name: ubuntu_USN-1358-2.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/02/14

Modified: 2016/05/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libapache2-mod-php5, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-cgi, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php5-cli, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:11.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:11.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/02/13

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-0441, CVE-2011-4153, CVE-2011-4885, CVE-2012-0057, CVE-2012-0788, CVE-2012-0830, CVE-2012-0831

USN: 1358-2