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[SECURITY] [DSA 3501-1] perl security update Mar 01 2016 03:27PM
Salvatore Bonaccorso (carnil debian org)
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Debian Security Advisory DSA-3501-1 security (at) debian (dot) org [email concealed]
https://www.debian.org/security/ Salvatore Bonaccorso
March 01, 2016 https://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package : perl
CVE ID : CVE-2016-2381

Stephane Chazelas discovered a bug in the environment handling in Perl.
Perl provides a Perl-space hash variable, %ENV, in which environment
variables can be looked up. If a variable appears twice in envp, only
the last value would appear in %ENV, but getenv would return the first.
Perl's taint security mechanism would be applied to the value in %ENV,
but not to the other rest of the environment. This could result in an
ambiguous environment causing environment variables to be propagated to
subprocesses, despite the protections supposedly offered by taint
checking.

With this update Perl changes the behavior to match the following:

a) %ENV is populated with the first environment variable, as getenv
would return.
b) Duplicate environment entries are removed.

For the oldstable distribution (wheezy), this problem has been fixed
in version 5.14.2-21+deb7u3.

For the stable distribution (jessie), this problem has been fixed in
version 5.20.2-3+deb8u4.

For the unstable distribution (sid), this problem will be fixed in
version 5.22.1-8.

We recommend that you upgrade your perl packages.

Further information about Debian Security Advisories, how to apply
these updates to your system and frequently asked questions can be
found at: https://www.debian.org/security/

Mailing list: debian-security-announce (at) lists.debian (dot) org [email concealed]
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