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CVE-2013-4287 Algorithmic complexity vulnerability in RubyGems 2.0.7 and older

published 09 Sep 2013

RubyGems validates versions with a regular expression that is vulnerable to denial of service due to backtracking. For specially crafted RubyGems versions attackers can cause denial of service through CPU consumption.

RubyGems versions 2.0.7 and older, 2.1.0.rc.1 and 2.1.0.rc.2 are vulnerable.

RubyGems versions 2.1.0, 2.0.8, 1.8.26 and 1.8.23.1 contain fixes.

Ruby versions 1.9.0 through 2.0.0p247 are vulnerable as they contain embedded versions of RubyGems.

It does not appear to be possible to exploit this vulnerability by installing a gem for RubyGems 1.8.x or 2.0.x. Vulnerable uses of RubyGems API include packaging a gem (through gem build, Gem::Package or Gem::PackageTask), sending user input to Gem::Version.new, Gem::Version.correct? or use of the Gem::Version::VERSION_PATTERN or Gem::Version::ANCHORED_VERSION_PATTERN constants.

Notably, users of bundler that install gems from git are vulnerable if a malicious author changes the gemspec to an invalid version.

The vulnerability can be fixed by changing the first grouping to an atomic grouping in Gem::Version::VERSION_PATTERN in lib/rubygems/version.rb. For RubyGems 2.0.x:

-  VERSION_PATTERN = '[0-9]+(\.[0-9a-zA-Z]+)*(-[0-9A-Za-z-]+(\.[0-9A-Za-z-]+)*)?' # :nodoc:
+  VERSION_PATTERN = '[0-9]+(?>\.[0-9a-zA-Z]+)*(-[0-9A-Za-z-]+(\.[0-9A-Za-z-]+)*)?' # :nodoc:

For RubyGems 1.8.x:

-  VERSION_PATTERN = '[0-9]+(\.[0-9a-zA-Z]+)*' # :nodoc:
+  VERSION_PATTERN = '[0-9]+(?>\.[0-9a-zA-Z]+)*' # :nodoc:

This vulnerability was discovered by Damir Sharipov dammer2k@gmail.com

Eric Hodel Eric Hodel