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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   GNU Project Debugger (GDB) Vendors:   GNU [multiple authors]
GNU Project Debugger (GDB) Untrusted File Loading Flaw Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1028191
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1028191
CVE Reference:   CVE-2011-4355   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Feb 21 2013
Impact:   User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in GNU Project Debugger (GDB). A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

When '.debug_gdb_scripts' is defined, GDB loads untrusted files from the current working directory. A local user may be able to cause arbitrary code to be executed with the privileges of the target user.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a source code fix (in August 2012).
Vendor URL:  www.gnu.org/software/gdb/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Feb 21 2013 (Red Hat Issues Fix) GNU Project Debugger (GDB) Untrusted File Loading Flaw Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
Red Hat has issued a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.



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