Ubuntu 5.04 / 5.10 / 6.06 LTS : binutils vulnerability (USN-292-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 27864


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



Jesus Olmos Gonzalez discovered a buffer overflow in the Tektronix Hex Format (TekHex) backend of the BFD library, such as used by the 'strings' utility. By tricking an user or automated system into processing a specially crafted file with 'strings' or a vulnerable third-party application using the BFD library, this could be exploited to crash the application, or possibly even execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 27864

File Name: ubuntu_USN-292-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/11/10

Modified: 2017/08/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 7.5

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

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

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, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:binutils-static, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2006/06/09

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/04/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-2362

OSVDB: 25711

USN: 292-1