USN-366-1: binutils vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-366-1

18th October, 2006

binutils vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 5.10


A buffer overflow was discovered in gas (the GNU assembler). By
tricking an user or automated system (like a compile farm) into
assembling a specially crafted source file with gcc or gas, this could
be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the user's privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 5.10:
binutils-static 2.16.1-2ubuntu6.3
binutils 2.16.1-2ubuntu6.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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