RHEL 7 : ruby (RHSA-2014:1912)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 79596


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


Updated ruby packages that fix three security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security 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 perform system management tasks.

Multiple denial of service flaws were found in the way the Ruby REXML XML parser performed expansion of parameter entities. A specially crafted XML document could cause REXML to use an excessive amount of CPU and memory. (CVE-2014-8080, CVE-2014-8090)

A stack-based buffer overflow was found in the implementation of the Ruby Array pack() method. When performing base64 encoding, a single byte could be written past the end of the buffer, possibly causing Ruby to crash. (CVE-2014-4975)

The CVE-2014-8090 issue was discovered by Red Hat Product Security.

All ruby users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. All running instances of Ruby need to be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 79596

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2014-1912.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.8 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/11/27

Modified: 2017/08/15

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:U/RC:ND

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-doc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-irb, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-libs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ruby-tcltk, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:rubygem-bigdecimal, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:rubygem-io-console, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:rubygem-json, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:rubygem-minitest, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:rubygem-psych, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:rubygem-rake, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:rubygem-rdoc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:rubygems, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:rubygems-devel, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7

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: 2014/11/26

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-4975, CVE-2014-8080, CVE-2014-8090

BID: 68474, 70935, 71230

OSVDB: 108971, 113747, 114641

RHSA: 2014:1912