GLSA-200505-15 : gdb: Multiple vulnerabilities

High Nessus Plugin ID 18379


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200505-15 (gdb: Multiple vulnerabilities)

Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team discovered an integer overflow in the BFD library, resulting in a heap overflow. A review also showed that by default, gdb insecurely sources initialisation files from the working directory.
Impact :

Successful exploitation would result in the execution of arbitrary code on loading a specially crafted object file or the execution of arbitrary commands.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All gdb users should upgrade to the latest stable version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sys-devel/gdb-6.3-r3'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 18379

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200505-15.nasl

Version: 1.15

Type: local

Published: 2005/05/28

Updated: 2019/08/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:gdb, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2005/05/20

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/05/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-1704, CVE-2005-1705

GLSA: 200505-15