Exuberant Ctags 5.8 jscript.c resource management

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A vulnerability has been found in Exuberant Ctags 5.8 and classified as problematic. Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown function of the file jscript.c. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a resource management vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-399. As an impact it is known to affect availability. The summary by CVE is:

jscript.c in Exuberant Ctags 5.8 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop and CPU and disk consumption) via a crafted JavaScript file.

The weakness was shared 10/07/2014 (Website). The advisory is shared at bugs.debian.org. This vulnerability is known as CVE-2014-7204 since 09/27/2014. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 78107 (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS : exuberant-ctags vulnerability (USN-2371-1)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Ubuntu Local Security Checks.

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Tenable (78107), SecurityFocus (BID 70168†) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-46422†). The entries VDB-16942 and VDB-216381 are related to this item.




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Class: Resource management
CWE: CWE-399 / CWE-404

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Nessus ID: 78107
Nessus Name: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS : exuberant-ctags vulnerability (USN-2371-1)
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OpenVAS ID: 703042
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 3042-1 (exuberant-ctags - security update)
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03/25/2014 🔍
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Advisory: USN-2371-1
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CVE: CVE-2014-7204 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 70168
Vulnerability Center: 46422 - Exuberant Ctags 5.8 Remote DoS via a Crafted JavaScript File, Medium

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Created: 03/26/2015 04:14 PM
Updated: 12/21/2022 05:12 PM
Changes: 03/26/2015 04:14 PM (63), 06/08/2017 10:23 AM (2), 03/29/2022 10:16 PM (3), 03/29/2022 10:30 PM (1), 12/21/2022 05:12 PM (2)
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