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USN-5425-1: PCRE vulnerabilities

17 May 2022

Several security issues were fixed in PCRE.

Releases

Packages

  • pcre3 - Perl 5 Compatible Regular Expression Library

Details

Yunho Kim discovered that PCRE incorrectly handled memory when
handling certain regular expressions. An attacker could possibly use
this issue to cause applications using PCRE to expose sensitive
information. This issue only affects Ubuntu 18.04 LTS,
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 21.10 and Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. (CVE-2019-20838)

It was discovered that PCRE incorrectly handled memory when
handling certain regular expressions. An attacker could possibly use
this issue to cause applications using PCRE to have unexpected
behavior. This issue only affects Ubuntu 14.04 ESM, Ubuntu 16.04 ESM,
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. (CVE-2020-14155)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 22.04
Ubuntu 21.10
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 14.04

After a standard system update you need to restart applications using PCRE,
such as the Apache HTTP server and Nginx, to make all the necessary
changes.