Ubuntu 5.04 / 5.10 / 6.06 LTS : gdb vulnerability (USN-356-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 27936


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


Will Drewry, of the Google Security Team, discovered buffer overflows in GDB's DWARF processing. This would allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with user privileges by tricking the user into using GDB to load an executable that contained malicious debugging information.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected gdb package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 27936

File Name: ubuntu_USN-356-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/11/10

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5.1

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gdb, 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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/10/02

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/08/31

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-4146

OSVDB: 28318

USN: 356-1

CWE: 119