RHEL 3 : binutils (RHSA-2005:659)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 19831


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated binutils package that fixes several bugs and minor security issues is now available.

This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

Binutils is a collection of utilities used for the creation of executable code. A number of bugs were found in various binutils tools.

Several integer overflow bugs were found in binutils. If a user is tricked into processing a specially crafted executable with utilities such as readelf, size, strings, objdump, or nm, it may allow the execution of arbitrary code as the user running the utility. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2005-1704 to this issue.

Additionally, the following bugs have been fixed :

-- correct alignment of .tbss section if the requested alignment of .tbss is bigger than requested alignment of .tdata section -- by default issue an error if IA-64 [email protected] instruction is put into the B slot, add assembler command line switch to override this behaviour

All users of binutils should upgrade to this updated package, which contains backported patches to resolve these issues.


Update the affected binutils package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 19831

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-659.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.18 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/10/05

Modified: 2017/08/15

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

Temporal Score: 4.4

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:ND/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:binutils, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2005/09/28

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/05/27

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-1704

OSVDB: 16870

RHSA: 2005:659