RHEL 5 : tcl (RHSA-2013:0122)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 63405


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated tcl packages that fix two security issues and one bug are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

Tcl (Tool Command Language) provides a powerful platform for creating integration applications that tie together diverse applications, protocols, devices, and frameworks. When paired with the Tk toolkit, Tcl provides a fast and powerful way to create cross-platform GUI applications.

Two denial of service flaws were found in the Tcl regular expression handling engine. If Tcl or an application using Tcl processed a specially crafted regular expression, it would lead to excessive CPU and memory consumption. (CVE-2007-4772, CVE-2007-6067)

This update also fixes the following bug :

* Due to a suboptimal implementation of threading in the current version of the Tcl language interpreter, an attempt to use threads in combination with fork in a Tcl script could cause the script to stop responding. At the moment, it is not possible to rewrite the source code or drop support for threading entirely. Consequent to this, this update provides a version of Tcl without threading support in addition to the standard version with this support. Users who need to use fork in their Tcl scripts and do not require threading can now switch to the version without threading support by using the alternatives command. (BZ#478961)

All users of Tcl are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 63405

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2013-0122.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/01/08

Modified: 2017/01/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:tcl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:tcl-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:tcl-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:tcl-html, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2013/01/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-4772, CVE-2007-6067

BID: 27163

OSVDB: 40902, 40905

RHSA: 2013:0122

CWE: 189, 399