Binutils: Multiple vulnerabilities — GLSA 201612-24

Multiple vulnerabilities were found in Binutils, the worst of which may allow execution of arbitrary code.

Affected Packages

sys-devel/binutils on all architectures
Affected versions < 2.25
Unaffected versions >= 2.25

Background

The GNU Binutils are a collection of tools to create, modify and analyse binary files. Many of the files use BFD, the Binary File Descriptor library, to do low-level manipulation.

Description

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Binutils. Please review the CVE identifiers referenced below for details.

Impact

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

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Binutils users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-devel/binutils-2.25"
 

References

Release Date
December 08, 2016

Latest Revision
December 08, 2016: 1

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local, remote

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