Amazon Linux AMI : gdb (ALAS-2013-159)

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Synopsis :

The remote Amazon Linux AMI host is missing a security update.

Description :

GDB tried to auto-load certain files (such as GDB scripts, Python
scripts, and a thread debugging library) from the current working
directory when debugging programs. This could result in the execution
of arbitrary code with the user's privileges when GDB was run in a
directory that has untrusted content. (CVE-2011-4355)

With this update, GDB no longer auto-loads files from the current
directory and only trusts certain system directories by default. The
list of trusted directories can be viewed and modified using the 'show
auto-load safe-path' and 'set auto-load safe-path' GDB commands. Refer
to the GDB manual, linked to in the References, for further

See also :

Solution :

Run 'yum update gdb' to update your system.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 6.9

Family: Amazon Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 69718 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2011-4355