USN-4336-1: GNU binutils vulnerabilities

22 April 2020

binutils vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in GNU binutils.

Software Description

  • binutils - GNU assembler, linker and binary utilities


It was discovered that GNU binutils contained a large number of security issues. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially-crafted file, a remote attacker could cause GNU binutils to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
binutils - 2.30-21ubuntu1~18.04.3
binutils-multiarch - 2.30-21ubuntu1~18.04.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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