GLSA 200506-01: Binutils, elfutils: Buffer overflow
Posted on: 06/01/2005 01:07 PM

Binutils, elfutils security update are available for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200506-01
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Binutils, elfutils: Buffer overflow
Date: June 01, 2005
Bugs: #91398, #91817
ID: 200506-01

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Synopsis
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Various utilities from the GNU Binutils and elfutils packages are vulnerable to a heap based buffer overflow, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

Background
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The GNU Binutils are a collection of tools to create, modify and analyse binary files. Many of the files use BFD, the Binary File Descriptor library, to do low-level manipulation. Elfutils provides a library and utilities to access, modify and analyse ELF objects.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-libs/elfutils lt; 0.108 gt;= 0.108
2 sys-devel/binutils lt; 2.16-r1 *gt;= 2.14.90.0.8-r3
*gt;= 2.15.90.0.1.1-r5
*gt;= 2.15.90.0.3-r5
*gt;= 2.15.91.0.2-r2
*gt;= 2.15.92.0.2-r10
gt;= 2.16-r1
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2 affected packages on all of their supported architectures.
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Description
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Tavis Ormandy and Ned Ludd of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team discovered an integer overflow in the BFD library and elfutils, resulting in a heap based buffer overflow.

Impact
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Successful exploitation would require a user to access a specially crafted binary file, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All GNU Binutils users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose sys-devel/binutils

All elfutils users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-libs/elfutils-0.108"

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200506-01.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0


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