Ruby: Denial of Service vulnerability — GLSA 200611-12

The Ruby cgi.rb CGI library is vulnerable to a Denial of Service attack.

Affected Packages

dev-lang/ruby on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.8.5-r3
Unaffected versions >= 1.8.5-r3

Background

Ruby is a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity.

Description

Zed Shaw, Jeremy Kemper, and Jamis Buck of the Mongrel project reported that the CGI library shipped with Ruby is vulnerable to a remote Denial of Service by an unauthenticated user.

Impact

The vulnerability can be exploited by sending the cgi.rb library an HTTP request with multipart MIME encoding that contains a malformed MIME boundary specifier beginning with "-" instead of "--". Successful exploitation of the vulnerability causes the library to go into an infinite loop waiting for additional nonexistent input.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Ruby users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-lang/ruby-1.8.5-r3"

References

Release Date
November 20, 2006

Latest Revision
June 11, 2009: 02

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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