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Vulnerability Assessment Details

[GLSA-200508-17] libpcre: Heap integer overflow

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
libpcre: Heap integer overflow

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment
The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200508-17
(libpcre: Heap integer overflow)


libpcre fails to check certain quantifier values in regular
expressions for sane values.

Impact

A possible hacker could possibly exploit this vulnerability to execute
arbitrary code by sending specially crafted regular expressions to
applications making use of the libpcre library.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

References:
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2005-2491
http://www.securitytracker.com/alerts/2005/Aug/1014744.html


Solution:
All libpcre users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-libs/libpcre-6.3"


Network Security Threat Level: High


Networks Security ID:

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: (C) 2005 Michel Arboi

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