Scientific Linux Security Update : ruby on SL5.x i386/x86_64
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 61076
SynopsisThe remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionRuby is an extensible, interpreted, object-oriented, scripting language. It has features to process text files and to do system management tasks.
A flaw was found in the way large amounts of memory were allocated on 64-bit systems when using the BigDecimal class. A context-dependent attacker could use this flaw to cause memory corruption, causing a Ruby application that uses the BigDecimal class to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code. This issue did not affect 32-bit systems.
A race condition flaw was found in the remove system entries method in the FileUtils module. If a local user ran a Ruby script that uses this method, a local attacker could use this flaw to delete arbitrary files and directories accessible to that user via a symbolic link attack.
It was found that WEBrick (the Ruby HTTP server toolkit) did not filter terminal escape sequences from its log files. A remote attacker could use specially crafted HTTP requests to inject terminal escape sequences into the WEBrick log files. If a victim viewed the log files with a terminal emulator, it could result in control characters being executed with the privileges of that user. (CVE-2009-4492)
A cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw was found in the way WEBrick displayed error pages. A remote attacker could use this flaw to perform a cross-site scripting attack against victims by tricking them into visiting a specially crafted URL. (CVE-2010-0541)
A flaw was found in the method for translating an exception message into a string in the Exception class. A remote attacker could use this flaw to bypass safe level 4 restrictions, allowing untrusted (tainted) code to modify arbitrary, trusted (untainted) strings, which safe level 4 restrictions would otherwise prevent. (CVE-2011-1005)
All Ruby users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.