CVE-2016-8714

Published: 10 March 2017

An exploitable buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the LoadEncoding functionality of the R programming language version 3.3.0. A specially crafted R script can cause a buffer overflow resulting in a memory corruption. An attacker can send a malicious R script to trigger this vulnerability.

From the Ubuntu security team

It was discovered that a buffer overflow in R causes memory corruption. An attacker could possibly use this to cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code.

Priority

Medium

CVSS 3 base score: 7.5

Status

Package Release Status
r-base
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream Needs triage

Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) Not vulnerable

Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) Not vulnerable

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) Not vulnerable

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Ignored
(end of standard support, was needed)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Needed