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Family: Mandrake Local Security Checks --> Category: infos

MDKSA-2005:095: gdb Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the gdb package

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

The remote host is missing the patch for the advisory MDKSA-2005:095 (gdb).

Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team discovered two
vulnerabilites in the GNU debugger. The first allows a possible hacker to execute
arbitrary code with the rights of the user running gdb if they can trick
the user into loading a specially crafted executable (CVE-2005-1704).

He also discovered that gdb loads and executes the file .gdbinit in the current
directory even if the file belongs to a different user. If a user can be
tricked into running gdb in a directory with a malicious .gdbinit file, a local
attacker can exploit this to run arbitrary commands with the rights of the
user running gdb (CVE-2005-1705).

The updated packages have been patched to correct these problems.

Solution :
Threat Level: High

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