RedHat: Low: binutils security update
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
RedHat Linux An updated binutils package that fixes several bugs and minor security issues is now available. This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
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                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Low: binutils security update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2005:659-01
Advisory URL:      https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2005-659.html
Issue date:        2005-09-28
Updated on:        2005-09-28
Product:           Red Hat Enterprise Linux
CVE Names:         CAN-2005-1704
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1. Summary:

An updated binutils package that fixes several bugs and minor security
issues is now available.

This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red Hat
Security Response Team.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS version 3 - i386, ia64, ppc, s390, s390x, x86_64
Red Hat Desktop version 3 - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 3 - i386, ia64, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 3 - i386, ia64, x86_64

3. Problem description:

Binutils is a collection of utilities used for the creation of executable
code. A number of bugs were found in various binutils tools.  

Several integer overflow bugs were found in binutils. If a user is tricked
into processing a specially crafted executable with utilities such as
readelf, size, strings, objdump, or nm, it may allow the execution of
arbitrary code as the user running the utility. The Common Vulnerabilities
and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2005-1704
to this issue.

Additionally, the following bugs have been fixed:

- -- correct alignment of .tbss section if the requested alignment
   of .tbss is bigger than requested alignment of .tdata section
- -- by default issue an error if IA-64 hint@pause instruction is
   put into the B slot, add assembler command line switch to
   override this behaviour

All users of binutils should upgrade to this updated package, which
contains backported patches to resolve these issues.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied.  Use Red Hat
Network to download and update your packages.  To launch the Red Hat
Update Agent, use the following command:

    up2date

For information on how to install packages manually, refer to the
following Web page for the System Administration or Customization
guide specific to your system:

    http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/enterprise/

5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

157983 - gcc produces inadequate alignment for __thread vars
164364 - CAN-2005-1704 Integer overflow in the Binary File Descriptor (BFD) library


6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS version 3:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/3AS/en/os/SRPMS/binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.src.rpm
64bdd095087e29551e0db7d77def0abb  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.src.rpm

i386:
40f698290ea2271c9452dd40f0d88429  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.i386.rpm

ia64:
d3ec28074b9a8c2c0ff0e91570f1d3a8  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.ia64.rpm

ppc:
80f84bae3f54898f94bfca3f63281fe9  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.ppc.rpm

s390:
2decc07a7a4765f8b51c5a6e346a6ab9  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.s390.rpm

s390x:
525405b42381b13512b184ba2c43a12b  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.s390x.rpm

x86_64:
3ea049872ff3705f9e6bfe42a8a3f964  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Desktop version 3:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/3desktop/en/os/SRPMS/binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.src.rpm
64bdd095087e29551e0db7d77def0abb  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.src.rpm

i386:
40f698290ea2271c9452dd40f0d88429  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.i386.rpm

x86_64:
3ea049872ff3705f9e6bfe42a8a3f964  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 3:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/3ES/en/os/SRPMS/binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.src.rpm
64bdd095087e29551e0db7d77def0abb  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.src.rpm

i386:
40f698290ea2271c9452dd40f0d88429  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.i386.rpm

ia64:
d3ec28074b9a8c2c0ff0e91570f1d3a8  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.ia64.rpm

x86_64:
3ea049872ff3705f9e6bfe42a8a3f964  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 3:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/3WS/en/os/SRPMS/binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.src.rpm
64bdd095087e29551e0db7d77def0abb  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.src.rpm

i386:
40f698290ea2271c9452dd40f0d88429  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.i386.rpm

ia64:
d3ec28074b9a8c2c0ff0e91570f1d3a8  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.ia64.rpm

x86_64:
3ea049872ff3705f9e6bfe42a8a3f964  binutils-2.14.90.0.4-39.x86_64.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security.  Our key and 
details on how to verify the signature are available from
https://www.redhat.com/security/team/key/#package

7. References:

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-1704

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is .  More contact
details at https://www.redhat.com/security/team/contact/

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