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Category:Red Hat Local Security Checks
Title:RedHat Security Advisory RHSA-2011:0558
The remote host is missing updates announced in
advisory RHSA-2011:0558.

Perl is a high-level programming language commonly used for system
administration utilities and web programming. The Perl CGI module provides
resources for preparing and processing Common Gateway Interface (CGI) based
HTTP requests and responses.

It was found that the Perl CGI module used a hard-coded value for the MIME
boundary string in multipart/x-mixed-replace content. A remote attacker
could possibly use this flaw to conduct an HTTP response splitting attack
via a specially-crafted HTTP request. (CVE-2010-2761)

A CRLF injection flaw was found in the way the Perl CGI module processed a
sequence of non-whitespace preceded by newline characters in the header. A
remote attacker could use this flaw to conduct an HTTP response splitting
attack via a specially-crafted sequence of characters provided to the CGI
module. (CVE-2010-4410)

It was found that certain Perl string manipulation functions (such as uc()
and lc()) failed to preserve the taint bit. A remote attacker could use
this flaw to bypass the Perl taint mode protection mechanism in scripts
that use the affected functions to process tainted input. (CVE-2011-1487)

These packages upgrade the CGI module to version 3.51. Refer to the CGI
module's Changes file, linked to in the References, for a full list of

This update also fixes the following bugs:

* When using the threads module, an attempt to send a signal to a thread
that did not have a signal handler specified caused the perl interpreter to
terminate unexpectedly with a segmentation fault. With this update, the
threads module has been updated to upstream version 1.82, which fixes
this bug. As a result, sending a signal to a thread that does not have the
signal handler specified no longer causes perl to crash. (BZ#626330)

* Prior to this update, the perl packages did not require the Digest::SHA
module as a dependency. Consequent to this, when a user started the cpan
command line interface and attempted to download a distribution from CPAN,
they may have been presented with the following message:

CPAN: checksum security checks disabled because Digest::SHA not installed.
Please consider installing the Digest::SHA module.

This update corrects the spec file for the perl package to require the
perl-Digest-SHA package as a dependency, and cpan no longer displays the
above message. (BZ#640716)

* When using the threads module, continual creation and destruction of
threads could cause the Perl program to consume an increasing amount of
memory. With this update, the underlying source code has been corrected to
free the allocated memory when a thread is destroyed, and the continual
creation and destruction of threads in Perl programs no longer leads to
memory leaks. (BZ#640720)

* Due to a packaging error, the perl packages did not include the
NDBM_File module. This update corrects this error, and NDBM_File is now
included as expected. (BZ#640729)

* Prior to this update, the prove(1) manual page and the prove --help
command listed --fork as a valid command line option. However, version
3.17 of the Test::Harness distribution removed the support for the
fork-based parallel testing, and the prove utility thus no longer supports
this option. This update corrects both the manual page and the output of
the prove --help command, so that --fork is no longer included in the
list of available command line options. (BZ#609492)

Users of Perl, especially those of Perl threads, are advised to upgrade to
these updated packages, which correct these issues.

Please note that this update is available via
Red Hat Network. To use Red Hat Network, launch the Red
Hat Update Agent with the following command: up2date

Risk factor : Medium

CVSS Score:

Cross-Ref: Common Vulnerability Exposure (CVE) ID: CVE-2010-2761
SuSE Security Announcement: SUSE-SR:2011:001 (Google Search)
SuSE Security Announcement: SUSE-SR:2011:002 (Google Search)
SuSE Security Announcement: SUSE-SR:2011:005 (Google Search)
Common Vulnerability Exposure (CVE) ID: CVE-2010-4410
BugTraq ID: 44199
BugTraq ID: 45145
Common Vulnerability Exposure (CVE) ID: CVE-2011-1487
BugTraq ID: 47124
Debian Security Information: DSA-2265 (Google Search)
SuSE Security Announcement: SUSE-SR:2011:009 (Google Search)
XForce ISS Database: perl-laundering-security-bypass(66528)
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