Boost: Denial of Service — GLSA 200802-08

Two vulnerabilities have been reported in Boost, each one possibly resulting in a Denial of Service.

Affected Packages

dev-libs/boost on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.34.1-r2
Unaffected versions >= 1.34.1-r2

Background

Boost is a set of C++ libraries, including the Boost.Regex library to process regular expressions.

Description

Tavis Ormandy and Will Drewry from the Google Security Team reported a failed assertion in file regex/v4/perl_matcher_non_recursive.hpp (CVE-2008-0171) and a NULL pointer dereference in function get_repeat_type() file basic_regex_creator.hpp (CVE-2008-0172) when processing regular expressions.

Impact

A remote attacker could provide specially crafted regular expressions to an application using Boost, resulting in a crash.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Boost users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-libs/boost-1.34.1-r2"

References

Release Date
February 14, 2008

Latest Revision
February 14, 2008: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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