USN-3368-1: libiberty vulnerabilities

26 July 2017

libiberty vulnerabilities

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 17.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in libiberty.

Software Description

  • libiberty - library of utility functions used by GNU programs

Details

It was discovered that libiberty incorrectly handled certain string operations. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted binary, a remote attacker could use this issue to cause libiberty to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. (CVE-2016-2226)

It was discovered that libiberty incorrectly handled parsing certain binaries. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted binary, a remote attacker could use this issue to cause libiberty to crash, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. (CVE-2016-4487, CVE-2016-4488, CVE-2016-4489, CVE-2016-4490, CVE-2016-4492, CVE-2016-4493, CVE-2016-6131)

It was discovered that libiberty incorrectly handled parsing certain binaries. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted binary, a remote attacker could use this issue to cause libiberty to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2016-4491)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 17.04
libiberty-dev - 20161220-1ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
libiberty-dev - 20160215-1ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libiberty-dev - 20131116-1ubuntu0.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

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