Debian DLA-669-1 : dwarfutils security update

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 94143


The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


Several vulnerabilities were discovered in dwarfutils, a tool and library for reading/consuming and writing/producing DWARF debugging information. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following issues :


A specially crafted ELF file can cause a segmentation fault.


A specially crafted ELF file can cause a NULL pointer dereference.


Out-of-bounds write


Out-of-bounds read


Out-of-bounds write


Out-of-bounds read


Out-of-bounds read


Out-of-bounds read


A specially crafted DWARF section can cause an infinite loop, reading from increasing memory addresses until the application crashes.

For Debian 7 'Wheezy', these problems have been fixed in version 20120410-2+deb7u2.

We recommend that you upgrade your dwarfutils packages.

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


Upgrade the affected dwarfdump, and libdwarf-dev packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 94143

File Name: debian_DLA-669.nasl

Version: 2.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/10/20

Updated: 2018/07/10

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:dwarfdump, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libdwarf-dev, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:7.0

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/10/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-8538, CVE-2015-8750, CVE-2016-2050, CVE-2016-2091, CVE-2016-5034, CVE-2016-5036, CVE-2016-5038, CVE-2016-5039, CVE-2016-5042