USN-3670-1: elfutils vulnerabilities

5 June 2018

elfutils vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


elfutils could be made to crash or consume resources if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • elfutils - collection of utilities to handle ELF objects


Agostino Sarubbo discovered that elfutils incorrectly handled certain malformed ELF files. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted ELF file, elfutils could be made to crash or consume resources, resulting in a denial of service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
elfutils - 0.165-3ubuntu1.1
libasm1 - 0.165-3ubuntu1.1
libdw1 - 0.165-3ubuntu1.1
libelf1 - 0.165-3ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
elfutils - 0.158-0ubuntu5.3
libasm1 - 0.158-0ubuntu5.3
libdw1 - 0.158-0ubuntu5.3
libelf1 - 0.158-0ubuntu5.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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