GLSA-201612-32 : elfutils: Heap-based buffer overflow

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 95735


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201612-32 (elfutils: Heap-based buffer overflow)

An integer overflow, in the check_section function of dwarf_begin_elf.c, in the libdw library can lead to a heap-based buffer overflow.
Impact :

A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted file, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the process or a Denial of Service condition.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All elfutils users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-libs/elfutils-0.159'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 95735

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201612-32.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.1 $

Type: local

Published: 2016/12/13

Modified: 2016/12/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:elfutils, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2016/12/13

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-0172

GLSA: 201612-32