gdb: Multiple vulnerabilities — GLSA 200505-15

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in the GNU debugger, potentially allowing the execution of arbitrary code.

Affected Packages

sys-devel/gdb on all architectures
Affected versions < 6.3-r3
Unaffected versions >= 6.3-r3

Background

gdb is the GNU project's debugger, facilitating the analysis and debugging of applications. The BFD library provides a uniform method of accessing a variety of object file formats.

Description

Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team discovered an integer overflow in the BFD library, resulting in a heap overflow. A review also showed that by default, gdb insecurely sources initialisation files from the working directory.

Impact

Successful exploitation would result in the execution of arbitrary code on loading a specially crafted object file or the execution of arbitrary commands.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All gdb users should upgrade to the latest stable version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-devel/gdb-6.3-r3"

References

Release Date
May 20, 2005

Latest Revision
May 22, 2006: 02

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local

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