Bug 140227 - Potential insecurity in CGI.pm
Potential insecurity in CGI.pm
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: perl (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Chip Turner
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2004-11-21 07:42 EST by Andreas Thienemann
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-02-07 11:42:40 EST
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better way of obtaining $script_name (458 bytes, patch)
2004-11-21 07:44 EST, Andreas Thienemann
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Description Andreas Thienemann 2004-11-21 07:42:28 EST
During a security audit of one of our perl-based webapplications we
noticed that there is a potential security problem in the CGI.pm
version included in RHEL3. Later issues of perl seems to have this fixed.

The problem lies in the way $script_name is obtained:
The s/some_client_provided_data/some_other_client_provided_data/ call
is a potential issue as the client can provide complicated regular
expressions which eat lots-o-ram [tm].
This could lead to a denial-of-service issue.

A patch for the RPM is attached.

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Comment 1 Andreas Thienemann 2004-11-21 07:44:07 EST
Created attachment 107134 [details]
better way of obtaining $script_name

This is the silent fix which seems to have been incorporated into recent perl
Comment 2 Mark J. Cox (Product Security) 2005-02-07 10:55:44 EST
This requires a valid regexp that will (to some extent) self match
after decoding, therefore this isn't going to be a siginificant DoS on
any reasonable system (there would be many better ways of doing a
DoS).  We're fixing it in an update due shortly however.
Comment 3 Josh Bressers 2005-02-07 11:42:40 EST
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.


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