Scientific Linux Security Update : php on SL6.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 60949


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


A flaw was found in the way PHP converted certain floating point values from string representation to a number. If a PHP script evaluated an attacker's input in a numeric context, the PHP interpreter could cause high CPU usage until the script execution time limit is reached. This issue only affected i386 systems.

A numeric truncation error and an input validation flaw were found in the way the PHP utf8_decode() function decoded partial multi-byte sequences for some multi-byte encodings, sending them to output without them being escaped. An attacker could use these flaws to perform a cross-site scripting attack. (CVE-2009-5016, CVE-2010-3870)

A NULL pointer dereference flaw was found in the PHP ZipArchive::getArchiveComment function. If a script used this function to inspect a specially crafted ZIP archive file, it could cause the PHP interpreter to crash. (CVE-2010-3709)

After installing the updated packages, the httpd daemon must be restarted for the update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60949

File Name: sl_20110203_php_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2014/08/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2011/02/03

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-5016, CVE-2010-3709, CVE-2010-3870, CVE-2010-4645