USN-1589-1: GNU C Library vulnerabilities

02 October 2012

Multiple security issues were fixed in the GNU C Library.

Releases

Packages

  • eglibc - GNU C Library
  • glibc - GNU C Library

Details

It was discovered that positional arguments to the printf() family
of functions were not handled properly in the GNU C Library. An
attacker could possibly use this to cause a stack-based buffer
overflow, creating a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary
code. (CVE-2012-3404, CVE-2012-3405, CVE-2012-3406)

It was discovered that multiple integer overflows existed in the
strtod(), strtof() and strtold() functions in the GNU C Library. An
attacker could possibly use this to trigger a stack-based buffer
overflow, creating a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary
code. (CVE-2012-3480)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.04
Ubuntu 12.04
Ubuntu 11.10
Ubuntu 11.04
Ubuntu 10.04

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.