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USN-336-1: binutils vulnerability

17 August 2006

binutils vulnerability



A buffer overflow was discovered in gas (the GNU assembler). By
tricking an user or automated system (like a compile farm) into
assembling a specially crafted source file with gcc or gas, this could
be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the user's privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 5.10
  • binutils - 2.16.1-2ubuntu6.2
  • binutils-static - 2.16.1-2ubuntu6.2
Ubuntu 5.04
  • binutils - 2.15-5ubuntu2.4

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the
necessary changes.