USN-356-1: gdb vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-356-1

2nd October, 2006

gdb vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
  • Ubuntu 5.10
  • Ubuntu 5.04


Will Drewry, of the Google Security Team, discovered buffer overflows
in GDB's DWARF processing. This would allow an attacker to execute
arbitrary code with user privileges by tricking the user into using
GDB to load an executable that contained malicious debugging

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
gdb 6.4-1ubuntu5.1
Ubuntu 5.10:
gdb 6.3-6ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 5.04:
gdb 6.3-5ubuntu1.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the
necessary changes.