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USN-6544-1: GNU binutils vulnerabilities

11 December 2023

Several security issues were fixed in GNU binutils.

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Releases

Packages

  • binutils - GNU assembler, linker and binary utilities

Details

It was discovered that GNU binutils incorrectly handled certain COFF files.
An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a crash or execute
arbitrary code. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. (CVE-2022-38533)

It was discovered that GNU binutils was not properly performing bounds
checks in several functions, which could lead to a buffer overflow. An
attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of service,
expose sensitive information or execute arbitrary code. This issue only
affected Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.
(CVE-2022-4285, CVE-2020-19726, CVE-2021-46174)

It was discovered that GNU binutils contained a reachable assertion, which
could lead to an intentional assertion failure when processing certain
crafted DWARF files. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a
denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
and Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. (CVE-2022-35205)

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Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 22.04
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 14.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

Related notices

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  • USN-6381-1: libbinutils, binutils-mipsisa64r6el-linux-gnuabi64, binutils-powerpc-linux-gnuspe, binutils-mipsisa64r6-linux-gnuabi64, binutils-arm-linux-gnueabihf, binutils-ia64-linux-gnu, binutils-multiarch, binutils-for-build, binutils-i686-linux-gnu, binutils-s390x-linux-gnu, binutils-mips64-linux-gnuabin32, binutils-mipsisa64r6el-linux-gnuabin32, binutils-multiarch-dev, binutils-for-host, binutils-mipsisa32r6-linux-gnu, binutils-arm-linux-gnueabi, binutils-mipsel-linux-gnu, binutils-common, binutils-source, binutils-i686-gnu, binutils-mips64el-linux-gnuabi64, binutils-x86-64-kfreebsd-gnu, binutils-aarch64-linux-gnu, binutils-x86-64-linux-gnux32, binutils-sparc64-linux-gnu, binutils-static, binutils-mipsisa32r6el-linux-gnu, binutils-alpha-linux-gnu, binutils-mipsisa64r6-linux-gnuabin32, binutils-dev, binutils-hppa-linux-gnu, binutils-powerpc-linux-gnu, binutils-powerpc64-linux-gnu, binutils-sh4-linux-gnu, binutils-mips-linux-gnu, binutils-riscv64-linux-gnu, binutils-m68k-linux-gnu, binutils-doc, binutils-mips64-linux-gnuabi64, binutils-x86-64-linux-gnu, binutils-powerpc64le-linux-gnu, binutils-i686-kfreebsd-gnu, binutils-mips64el-linux-gnuabin32, binutils, binutils-hppa64-linux-gnu
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