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[platform-testers] wget and libbfd vulnerabilities

From: Nelson H. F. Beebe
Subject: [platform-testers] wget and libbfd vulnerabilities
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:06:51 -0600 (MDT)

Just in case some of you haven't seen it, this snippet appeared today
on the SANS security list:

>> ...
>> Title: GNU wget FTP Symlink Arbitrary Filesystem Access Vulnerability
>> Description: GNU Wget versions prior to 1.16 are vulnerable a symlink
>> attack (CVE-2014-4877) when running in recursive mode with a FTP
>> target.  This vulnerability allows an attacker operating a malicious
>> FTP server to create arbitrary files, directories, and symlinks on the
>> user's filesystem.
>> Reference:
>> Snort SID: Detection Pending
>> Title: Running "strings" on Untrusted File is a Security Hazard 
>> (CVE-2014-8485)
>> Description: The strings utility on Linux leverages the common libbfd
>> infrastructure to detect supported executable formats and "optimize"
>> the process by extracting text only from specific sections of the
>> file.  However, the libbfd library has been discovered to contain very
>> limited range checking indicating it is likely vulnerable to exploit.
>> Reference:
>> ...

Some of these issues might have been exposed by the old technique of
fuzz testing: see entries Miller:1990:ESR, Miller:1995:FRR, and
Miller:2006:ESR in

Also, the new GNU gcc compiler family version 5.00 which appeared
first on 17-Aug-2014, and in weekly snapshots since then, contains a
new -fsanitize option family with 23 suboptions that may be helpful in
exposing such problems.  

In our test lab with about 40 flavors of Unix, none of their vendors
yet supplies a gcc-5.x compiler in the standard binary releases, but
over the past couple of weeks, I've successfully built one or more 5.x
snapshots on at least these flavors:

        Debian 6.0, 7.7 (x86-64)
        DragonFlyBSD 3.6, 3.8, 3.9 (x86-64)
        Fedora 20 (x86, x86-64)
        Gentoo 2.1 (Alpha)
        Red Hat 5, 6, 7 (x86, x86-64, IA-64)
        Slackware 14 (x86-64)
        Solaris 10 (SPARC)

I've made many attempts on other flavors, but so far, all have failed.

It should be possible for me to offer prebuilt binary distributions of
gcc-5.x (with compilers for C, C++, Fortran, and sometimes Ada, Go,
Java, and Objective-C) for some those systems; contact me off-list if
you are interested, or want more info about the gcc build

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