Ubuntu 4.10 / 5.04 : binutils vulnerability (USN-136-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 20527


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


Tavis Ormandy found an integer overflow in the Binary File Descriptor (BFD) parser in the GNU debugger. The same vulnerable code is also present in binutils. By tricking an user into processing a specially crafted executable with the binutils tools (strings, objdump, nm, readelf, etc.), an attacker could exploit this to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the affected program.

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Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 20527

File Name: ubuntu_USN-136-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/01/15

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:binutils, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:binutils-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:binutils-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:binutils-multiarch, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:4.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 2005/05/27

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-1704

USN: 136-1