Ubuntu 5.10 : binutils vulnerability (USN-366-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 27946


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


A buffer overflow was discovered in gas (the GNU assembler). By tricking an user or automated system (like a compile farm) into assembling a specially crafted source file with gcc or gas, this could be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the user's privileges.

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 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 27946

File Name: ubuntu_USN-366-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/11/10

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:H/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A: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:5.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/10/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-4808

USN: 366-1