RHEL 2.1 : gdb (RHSA-2005:801)
High Nessus Plugin ID 20059
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.
DescriptionAn 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.
SolutionUpdate the affected gdb package.