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DescriptionThe Ruby DNS resolver library, resolv.rb, used predictable transaction IDs and a fixed source port when sending DNS requests. A remote attacker could use this flaw to spoof a malicious reply to a DNS query. (CVE-2008-3905)
Ruby's XML document parsing module (REXML) was prone to a denial of service attack via XML documents with large XML entity definitions recursion. A specially crafted XML file could cause a Ruby application using the REXML module to use an excessive amount of CPU and memory.
An insufficient 'taintness' check flaw was discovered in Ruby's DL module, which provides direct access to the C language functions. An attacker could use this flaw to bypass intended safe-level restrictions by calling external C functions with the arguments from an untrusted tainted inputs. (CVE-2008-3657)
A denial of service flaw was discovered in WEBrick, Ruby's HTTP server toolkit. A remote attacker could send a specially crafted HTTP request to a WEBrick server that would cause the server to use an excessive amount of CPU time. (CVE-2008-3656)
A number of flaws were found in the safe-level restrictions in Ruby.
It was possible for an attacker to create a carefully crafted malicious script that can allow the bypass of certain safe-level restrictions. (CVE-2008-3655)
A denial of service flaw was found in Ruby's regular expression engine. If a Ruby script tried to process a large amount of data via a regular expression, it could cause Ruby to enter an infinite-loop and crash. (CVE-2008-3443)
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.