USN-761-1: PHP vulnerabilities

20 April 2009

php5 vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • php5


It was discovered that PHP did not sanitize certain error messages when display_errors is enabled, which could result in browsers becoming vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks when processing the output. With cross-site scripting vulnerabilities, if a user were tricked into viewing server output during a crafted server request, a remote attacker could exploit this to modify the contents, or steal confidential data (such as passwords), within the same domain. (CVE-2008-5814)

It was discovered that PHP did not properly handle the mbstring.func_overload setting within .htaccess files when using virtual hosts. A virtual host administrator could use this flaw to cause settings to be applied to other virtual hosts on the same server. (CVE-2009-0754)

It was discovered that PHP did not properly handle certain malformed strings when being parsed by the json_decode function. A remote attacker could exploit this flaw and cause the PHP server to crash, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10. (CVE-2009-1271)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.10
libapache2-mod-php5 - 5.2.6-2ubuntu4.2
php5-cgi - 5.2.6-2ubuntu4.2
php5-cli - 5.2.6-2ubuntu4.2
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
libapache2-mod-php5 - 5.2.4-2ubuntu5.6
php5-cgi - 5.2.4-2ubuntu5.6
php5-cli - 5.2.4-2ubuntu5.6
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
libapache2-mod-php5 - 5.1.2-1ubuntu3.14
php5-cgi - 5.1.2-1ubuntu3.14
php5-cli - 5.1.2-1ubuntu3.14

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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