USN-761-1: PHP vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-761-1

20th 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.

Update instructions

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

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


CVE-2008-5814, CVE-2009-0754, CVE-2009-1271