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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) Vendors:   GNU [multiple authors]
GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) std::random_device May Improperly Initialize Randomization Functions
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1034375
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2015-5276   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Dec 10 2015
Impact:   Modification of system information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 4.9.3 and prior versions
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). The system may not properly initialize randomization functions.

The std::random_device() function does not detect if no data was read from the specified random file. As a result, the randomization functions may be improperly initialized.

Impact:   The system may not properly initialize randomization functions.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a source code fix [in October 2015], available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Randomization error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any)

Message History:   None.

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