USN-1358-1: PHP vulnerabilities

10 February 2012

php5 vulnerabilities

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 11.04
  • Ubuntu 10.10
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS


Multiple vulnerabilities in PHP.

Software Description

  • php5 - HTML-embedded scripting language interpreter


It was discovered that PHP computed hash values for form parameters without restricting the ability to trigger hash collisions predictably. This could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service by sending many crafted parameters. (CVE-2011-4885)

ATTENTION: this update changes previous PHP behavior by limiting the number of external input variables to 1000. This may be increased by adding a “max_input_vars” directive to the php.ini configuration file. See for more information.

Stefan Esser discovered that the fix to address the predictable hash collision issue, CVE-2011-4885, did not properly handle the situation where the limit was reached. This could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code via a request containing a large number of variables. (CVE-2012-0830)

It was discovered that PHP did not always check the return value of the zend_strndup function. This could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2011-4153)

It was discovered that PHP did not properly enforce libxslt security settings. This could allow a remote attacker to create arbitrary files via a crafted XSLT stylesheet that uses the libxslt output extension. (CVE-2012-0057)

It was discovered that PHP did not properly enforce that PDORow objects could not be serialized and not be saved in a session. A remote attacker could use this to cause a denial of service via an application crash. (CVE-2012-0788)

It was discovered that PHP allowed the magic_quotes_gpc setting to be disabled remotely. This could allow a remote attacker to bypass restrictions that could prevent an SQL injection. (CVE-2012-0831)

USN 1126-1 addressed an issue where the /etc/cron.d/php5 cron job for PHP allowed local users to delete arbitrary files via a symlink attack on a directory under /var/lib/php5/. Emese Revfy discovered that the fix had not been applied to PHP for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. This update corrects the issue. We apologize for the error. (CVE-2011-0441)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 11.10
libapache2-mod-php5 - 5.3.6-13ubuntu3.5
php5 - 5.3.6-13ubuntu3.5
php5-cgi - 5.3.6-13ubuntu3.5
php5-cli - 5.3.6-13ubuntu3.5
php5-common - 5.3.6-13ubuntu3.5
php5-xsl - 5.3.6-13ubuntu3.5
Ubuntu 11.04
libapache2-mod-php5 - 5.3.5-1ubuntu7.6
php5 - 5.3.5-1ubuntu7.6
php5-cgi - 5.3.5-1ubuntu7.6
php5-cli - 5.3.5-1ubuntu7.6
php5-common - 5.3.5-1ubuntu7.6
php5-xsl - 5.3.5-1ubuntu7.6
Ubuntu 10.10
libapache2-mod-php5 - 5.3.3-1ubuntu9.9
php5 - 5.3.3-1ubuntu9.9
php5-cgi - 5.3.3-1ubuntu9.9
php5-cli - 5.3.3-1ubuntu9.9
php5-common - 5.3.3-1ubuntu9.9
php5-xsl - 5.3.3-1ubuntu9.9
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
libapache2-mod-php5 - 5.3.2-1ubuntu4.13
php5 - 5.3.2-1ubuntu4.13
php5-cgi - 5.3.2-1ubuntu4.13
php5-cli - 5.3.2-1ubuntu4.13
php5-common - 5.3.2-1ubuntu4.13
php5-xsl - 5.3.2-1ubuntu4.13
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
libapache2-mod-php5 - 5.2.4-2ubuntu5.22
php5 - 5.2.4-2ubuntu5.22
php5-cgi - 5.2.4-2ubuntu5.22
php5-cli - 5.2.4-2ubuntu5.22
php5-common - 5.2.4-2ubuntu5.22
php5-xsl - 5.2.4-2ubuntu5.22

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.