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USN-2099-1: Perl vulnerability

5 February 2014

Perl could be made to run programs if it processed a specially crafted Locale::Maketext templates.



  • perl - Practical Extraction and Report Language


It was discovered that Perl's Locale::Maketext module incorrectly handled
backslashes and fully qualified method names. An attacker could possibly
use this flaw to execute arbitrary code when an application used untrusted

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.10
Ubuntu 12.04
Ubuntu 10.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.