USN-570-1: boost vulnerabilities

16 January 2008

boost vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • boost


Will Drewry and Tavis Ormandy discovered that the boost library did not properly perform input validation on regular expressions. An attacker could send a specially crafted regular expression to an application linked against boost and cause a denial of service via application crash.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.10
libboost-regex1.34.1 - 1.34.1-2ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 7.04
libboost-regex1.33.1 - 1.33.1-9ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 6.10
libboost-regex1.33.1 - 1.33.1-7ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
libboost-regex1.33.1 - 1.33.1-2ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes.