Debian DSA-3159-1 : ruby1.8 - security update

medium Nessus Plugin ID 81279


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


It was discovered that the REXML parser, part of the interpreter for the Ruby language, could be coerced into allocating large string objects that could consume all available memory on the system. This could allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash).


Upgrade the ruby1.8 packages.

For the stable distribution (wheezy), this problem has been fixed in version

For the upcoming stable distribution (jessie), this problem has been fixed in version 2.1.5-1 of the ruby2.1 source package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 81279

File Name: debian_DSA-3159.nasl

Version: 1.10

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2/11/2015

Updated: 1/11/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:ruby1.8, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:7.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/10/2015

Reference Information

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

BID: 70935, 71230

DSA: 3159