RHEL 2.1 : gdb (RHSA-2005:801)

High Nessus Plugin ID 20059


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated gdb package that fixes minor security issues is now available.

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

GDB, the GNU debugger, allows debugging of programs written in C, C++, and other languages by executing them in a controlled fashion, then printing their data.

Several integer overflow bugs were found in gdb. If a user is tricked into processing a specially crafted executable file, it may allow the execution of arbitrary code as the user running gdb. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2005-1704 to this issue.

A bug was found in the way gdb loads .gdbinit files. When a user executes gdb, the local directory is searched for a .gdbinit file which is then loaded. It is possible for a local user to execute arbitrary commands as the user running gdb by placing a malicious .gdbinit file in a location where gdb may be run. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2005-1705 to this issue.

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


Update the affected gdb package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 20059

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-801.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/10/19

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gdb, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/10/18

Reference Information

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

RHSA: 2005:801