RHEL 7 : binutils (Unpatched Vulnerability)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 199956


The remote Red Hat 7 host is affected by multiple vulnerabilities that will not be patched.


The remote Redhat Enterprise Linux 7 host has one or more packages installed that are affected by multiple vulnerabilities that have been acknowledged by the vendor but will not be patched.

- binutils: heap-based buffer overflow in finish_stab in stabs.c (CVE-2018-12699)

- The _bfd_vms_save_sized_string function in vms-misc.c in the Binary File Descriptor (BFD) library (aka libbfd), as distributed in GNU Binutils 2.29 and earlier, allows remote attackers to cause an out of bounds heap read via a crafted vms file. (CVE-2017-12449)

- The _bfd_xcoff_read_ar_hdr function in bfd/coff-rs6000.c and bfd/coff64-rs6000.c in the Binary File Descriptor (BFD) library (aka libbfd), as distributed in GNU Binutils 2.29 and earlier, allows remote attackers to cause an out of bounds stack read via a crafted COFF image file. (CVE-2017-12451)

Note that Nessus has not tested for these issues but has instead relied on the package manager's report that the package is installed.


The vendor has acknowledged the vulnerabilities but no solution has been provided. Refer to the vendor for remediation guidance.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 199956

File Name: redhat_unpatched_binutils-rhel7.nasl

Version: 1.1

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 6/3/2024

Updated: 6/3/2024

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


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-2018-12699


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:redhat:enterprise_linux:binutils, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/13/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-12449, CVE-2017-12451, CVE-2017-12452, CVE-2017-12453, CVE-2017-12454, CVE-2017-12455, CVE-2017-12456, CVE-2017-12457, CVE-2017-12458, CVE-2017-12799, CVE-2017-12967, CVE-2017-13710, CVE-2017-13716, CVE-2017-13757, CVE-2017-14128, CVE-2017-14129, CVE-2017-14130, CVE-2017-14529, CVE-2017-14729, CVE-2017-14745, CVE-2017-14930, CVE-2017-14932, CVE-2017-14933, CVE-2017-14934, CVE-2017-14938, CVE-2017-14939, CVE-2017-14940, CVE-2017-14974, CVE-2017-15020, CVE-2017-15021, CVE-2017-15022, CVE-2017-15023, CVE-2017-15024, CVE-2017-15025, CVE-2017-15225, CVE-2017-15938, CVE-2017-15939, CVE-2017-15996, CVE-2017-16826, CVE-2017-16827, CVE-2017-16828, CVE-2017-16829, CVE-2017-16830, CVE-2017-16831, CVE-2017-16832, CVE-2017-17080, CVE-2017-17121, CVE-2017-17122, CVE-2017-17123, CVE-2017-17124, CVE-2017-17125, CVE-2017-17126, CVE-2017-6965, CVE-2017-6966, CVE-2017-6969, CVE-2017-7209, CVE-2017-7210, CVE-2017-7223, CVE-2017-7224, CVE-2017-7225, CVE-2017-7226, CVE-2017-7227, CVE-2017-7299, CVE-2017-7300, CVE-2017-7301, CVE-2017-7302, CVE-2017-7303, CVE-2017-7304, CVE-2017-7614, CVE-2017-8392, CVE-2017-8393, CVE-2017-8394, CVE-2017-8395, CVE-2017-8396, CVE-2017-8397, CVE-2017-8398, CVE-2017-8421, CVE-2017-9038, CVE-2017-9039, CVE-2017-9040, CVE-2017-9041, CVE-2017-9042, CVE-2017-9043, CVE-2017-9044, CVE-2017-9742, CVE-2017-9743, CVE-2017-9744, CVE-2017-9745, CVE-2017-9746, CVE-2017-9747, CVE-2017-9748, CVE-2017-9749, CVE-2017-9750, CVE-2017-9751, CVE-2017-9752, CVE-2017-9753, CVE-2017-9754, CVE-2017-9755, CVE-2017-9756, CVE-2017-9954, CVE-2017-9955, CVE-2018-12698, CVE-2018-12699, CVE-2018-12700, CVE-2018-12934, CVE-2018-17360, CVE-2018-17794, CVE-2018-17985, CVE-2018-18483, CVE-2018-18484, CVE-2018-18605, CVE-2018-18606, CVE-2018-18607, CVE-2018-18700, CVE-2018-18701, CVE-2018-19932, CVE-2018-20002, CVE-2018-6323, CVE-2018-6759, CVE-2018-6872, CVE-2019-1010204, CVE-2019-12972, CVE-2019-17451, CVE-2019-9074, CVE-2019-9075, CVE-2019-9077, CVE-2023-1972, CVE-2023-25584, CVE-2023-25585, CVE-2023-25588