R: Multiple vulnerabilities
Gentoo Linux Security Advisory
||GLSA 200801-02 / R
||January 09, 2008
||January 09, 2008: 02
All supported architectures
Multiple vulnerabilities in R could result in the execution of arbitrary
R is a GPL licensed implementation of S, a language and environment for
statistical computing and graphics. PCRE is a library providing
functions for Perl-compatible regular expressions.
R includes a copy of PCRE which is vulnerable to multiple buffer
overflows and memory corruptions vulnerabilities (GLSA 200711-30).
An attacker could entice a user to process specially crafted regular
expressions with R, which could possibly lead to the execution of
arbitrary code, a Denial of Service or the disclosure of sensitive
There is no known workaround at this time.
All R users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code Listing 3.1: Resolution
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-lang/R-2.2.1-r1"