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Vulnerability Score 6.8 6.8
CVE Id CVE-2014-0172
Last Modified 16 May 2014 12:23:47
Published 11 Apr 2014 11:55:18
Confidentiality Impact PARTIAL PARTIAL
Integrity Impact PARTIAL PARTIAL
Availability Impact PARTIAL PARTIAL
Access Vector NETWORK
Access Complexity MEDIUM
Authentication NONE



Integer overflow in the check_section function in dwarf_begin_elf.c in the libdw library, as used in elfutils 0.153 and possibly through 0.158 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a malformed compressed debug section in an ELF file, which triggers a heap-based buffer overflow.

Vulnerable Systems


  • Elfutils Project Elfutils 0.153

  • Elfutils Project Elfutils 0.154

  • Elfutils Project Elfutils 0.155

  • Elfutils Project Elfutils 0.156

  • Elfutils Project Elfutils 0.157

  • Elfutils Project Elfutils 0.158


MLIST - [elfutils-devel] 20140409 [PATCH] CVE-2014-0172 Check for overflow before calling malloc to uncompress data.


BID - 66714

MLIST - [oss-security] 20140409 Heap-based buffer overflow in libdw/elfutils (CVE-2014-0172)

UBUNTU - USN-2188-1

Last Updated: 27 May 2016 11:04:54