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Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 15:29:40 +0200
From: Trustix Security Advisor <>
Subject: TSL-2005-0025 - binutils

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Trustix Secure Linux Security Advisory #2005-0025

Package name:      binutils
Summary:           integer overflow
Date:              2005-05-31
Affected versions: Trustix Secure Linux 2.1
                   Trustix Secure Linux 2.2
                   Trustix Operating System - Enterprise Server 2

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Package description:

  Binutils is a collection of utilities necessary for compiling programs. It
  includes the assembler and linker, as well as a number of other
  miscellaneous programs for dealing with executable formats.
Problem description:

  Tavis Ormandy found an integer overflow in the Binary File Descriptor
  (BFD) parser in the GNU debugger. The same vulnerable code is also
  present in binutils. By tricking an user into processing a specially
  crafted executable with the binutils tools (strings, objdump, nm,
  readelf, etc.), an attacker could exploit this to execute arbitrary
  code with the privileges of the user running the affected
  The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has
  assigned the name CAN-2005-1704 to this issue.

  We recommend that all systems with this package installed be upgraded.
  Please note that if you do not need the functionality provided by this
  package, you may want to remove it from your system.

  All Trustix Secure Linux updates are available from

About Trustix Secure Linux:
  Trustix Secure Linux is a small Linux distribution for servers. With focus
  on security and stability, the system is painlessly kept safe and up to
  date from day one using swup, the automated software updater.

Automatic updates:
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  installed using 'swup --upgrade'.

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  This advisory along with all Trustix packages are signed with the
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  This key is available from:

  The advisory itself is available from the errata pages at
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  or directly at

MD5sums of the packages:
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7444d655cd9438bad6704cce2d0b4364  2.2/rpms/binutils-2.14-4tr.i586.rpm

279bdc8be90d4625dad896dd5bd604ab  2.1/rpms/binutils-2.14-4tr.i586.rpm
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Trustix Security Team

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