RHEL 5 : ruby (RHSA-2013:0129)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 63410


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


Updated ruby 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.

Ruby is an extensible, interpreted, object-oriented, scripting language. It has features to process text files and to do system management tasks.

It was found that certain methods did not sanitize file names before passing them to lower layer routines in Ruby. If a Ruby application created files with names based on untrusted input, it could result in the creation of files with different names than expected.

It was found that the RHSA-2011:0909 update did not correctly fix the CVE-2011-1005 issue, a flaw 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-2012-4481)

The CVE-2012-4481 issue was discovered by Vit Ondruch of Red Hat.

This update also fixes the following bug :

* Prior to this update, the 'rb_syck_mktime' option could, under certain circumstances, terminate with a segmentation fault when installing libraries with certain gems. This update modifies the underlying code so that Ruby gems can be installed as expected.

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


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 63410

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2013-0129.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/01/08

Modified: 2017/01/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-docs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-irb, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-libs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-mode, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-rdoc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-ri, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-tcltk, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2013/01/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-4481, CVE-2012-4522

BID: 55813, 56115

OSVDB: 70957, 87917

RHSA: 2013:0129