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CVE-2008-2371 Detail


Heap-based buffer overflow in pcre_compile.c in the Perl-Compatible Regular Expression (PCRE) library 7.7 allows context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a regular expression that begins with an option and contains multiple branches.

Source:  MITRE      Last Modified:  07/07/2008

Quick Info

CVE Dictionary Entry:
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CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score:
7.5 HIGH
(AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P) (legend)
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CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector:
Network exploitable
Access Complexity:
Not required to exploit
Impact Type:
Provides unauthorized access, Allows partial confidentiality, integrity, and availability violation; Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (07/08/2008)

Not vulnerable. This issue did not affect the versions of PCRE as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, 4, or 5.

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Hyperlink Resource Type Source Name Exploit External Source CONFIRM External Source CONFIRM External Source APPLE APPLE-SA-2008-10-09 External Source APPLE APPLE-SA-2009-05-12 External Source SUSE SUSE-SR:2008:014 External Source HP SSRT090085 External Source HP HPSBUX02465 External Source GENTOO GLSA-200811-05 External Source CONFIRM External Source CONFIRM External Source UBUNTU USN-624-2 External Source CONFIRM External Source DEBIAN DSA-1602 External Source GENTOO GLSA-200807-03 External Source MANDRIVA MDVSA-2008:147 External Source MANDRIVA MDVSA-2009:023 External Source BUGTRAQ 20081027 rPSA-2008-0305-1 pcre External Source BID 30087 External Source BID 31681 External Source UBUNTU USN-624-1 External Source UBUNTU USN-628-1 US Government Resource External Source CERT TA09-133A External Source VUPEN ADV-2008-2005 External Source VUPEN ADV-2008-2006 External Source VUPEN ADV-2008-2336 External Source VUPEN ADV-2008-2780 External Source VUPEN ADV-2009-1297 External Source VUPEN ADV-2010-0833 External Source FEDORA FEDORA-2008-6025 External Source FEDORA FEDORA-2008-6048

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