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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Ruby Vendors:   Matsumoto, Yukihiro
(Apple Issues Fix for OS X) Ruby Heap Overflow in Floating Point Parsing Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1030247
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1030247
CVE Reference:   CVE-2013-4164   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 16 2014
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 1.8.x, and 1.9.x and 2.x prior to 1.9.3 patchlevel 484, 2.0.0 patchlevel 353, 2.1.0 preview2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Ruby. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send specially crafted string data that, when converted to a floating point value, will trigger a heap overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target service.

Charlie Somerville reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   Apple has issued a fix for OS X as part of APPLE-SA-2014-04-22-1 Security Update 2014-002 [in April 2014] and part of OS X 10.9.3.

The Apple advisories are available at:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6207
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6246

Vendor URL:  www.ruby-lang.org/en/news/2013/11/22/heap-overflow-in-floating-point-parsing-cve-2013-4164/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (macOS/OS X)
Underlying OS Comments:  10.9.3 and prior

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Nov 22 2013 Ruby Heap Overflow in Floating Point Parsing Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code



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