Debian DLA-2802-1 : elfutils - LTS security update

critical Nessus Plugin ID 154749


The remote Debian host is missing one or more security-related updates.


The remote Debian 9 host has packages installed that are affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the dla-2802 advisory.

- dwarf_getaranges in dwarf_getaranges.c in libdw in elfutils before 2018-08-18 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (heap-based buffer over-read) via a crafted file. (CVE-2018-16062)

- libelf/elf_end.c in elfutils 0.173 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (double free and application crash) or possibly have unspecified other impact because it tries to decompress twice.

- An invalid memory address dereference was discovered in dwfl_segment_report_module.c in libdwfl in elfutils through v0.174. The vulnerability allows attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) with a crafted ELF file, as demonstrated by consider_notes. (CVE-2018-18310)

- An Invalid Memory Address Dereference exists in the function elf_end in libelf in elfutils through v0.174.
Although eu-size is intended to support ar files inside ar files, handle_ar in size.c closes the outer ar file before handling all inner entries. The vulnerability allows attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) with a crafted ELF file. (CVE-2018-18520)

- Divide-by-zero vulnerabilities in the function arlib_add_symbols() in arlib.c in elfutils 0.174 allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) with a crafted ELF file, as demonstrated by eu-ranlib, because a zero sh_entsize is mishandled. (CVE-2018-18521)

- An issue was discovered in elfutils 0.175. A segmentation fault can occur in the function elf64_xlatetom in libelf/elf32_xlatetom.c, due to dwfl_segment_report_module not checking whether the dyn data read from a core file is truncated. A crafted input can cause a program crash, leading to denial-of-service, as demonstrated by eu-stack. (CVE-2019-7150)

- In elfutils 0.175, a heap-based buffer over-read was discovered in the function elf32_xlatetom in elf32_xlatetom.c in libelf. A crafted ELF input can cause a segmentation fault leading to denial of service (program crash) because ebl_core_note does not reject malformed core file notes. (CVE-2019-7665)

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade the elfutils packages.

For Debian 9 stretch, these problems have been fixed in version 0.168-1+deb9u1.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 154749

File Name: debian_DLA-2802.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/31/2021

Updated: 11/27/2023

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2018-16402


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:elfutils, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libasm-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libasm1, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libdw-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libdw1, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libelf-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libelf1, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:9.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 10/31/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/29/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-16062, CVE-2018-16402, CVE-2018-18310, CVE-2018-18520, CVE-2018-18521, CVE-2019-7150, CVE-2019-7665