Scientific Linux Security Update : perl on SL5.x, SL6.x i386/x86_64

High Nessus Plugin ID 65715


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


A heap overflow flaw was found in Perl. If a Perl application allowed user input to control the count argument of the string repeat operator, an attacker could cause the application to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. (CVE-2012-5195)

A denial of service flaw was found in the way Perl's rehashing code implementation, responsible for recalculation of hash keys and redistribution of hash content, handled certain input. If an attacker supplied specially crafted input to be used as hash keys by a Perl application, it could cause excessive memory consumption.

It was found that the Perl CGI module, used to handle Common Gateway Interface requests and responses, incorrectly sanitized the values for Set-Cookie and P3P headers. If a Perl application using the CGI module reused cookies values and accepted untrusted input from web browsers, a remote attacker could use this flaw to alter member items of the cookie or add new items. (CVE-2012-5526)

It was found that the Perl Locale::Maketext module, used to localize Perl applications, did not properly handle backslashes or fully-qualified method names. An attacker could possibly use this flaw to execute arbitrary Perl code with the privileges of a Perl application that uses untrusted Locale::Maketext templates.

All running Perl programs must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 65715

File Name: sl_20130326_perl_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/03/28

Modified: 2015/05/22

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2013/03/26

Exploitable With

Metasploit (TWiki MAKETEXT Remote Command Execution)

Elliot (TWiki 5.1.2 RCE)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-5195, CVE-2012-5526, CVE-2012-6329, CVE-2013-1667