Descriptionelf_compress.c in elfutils 0.168 does not validate the zlib compression factor, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via a crafted ELF file.
SourceCVE (at NVD; CERT, LWN, oss-sec, fulldisc, bugtraq, EDB, Metasploit, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Gentoo, SUSE bugzilla/CVE, Mageia, GitHub code/issues, web search, more)
NVD severitymedium
Debian Bugs859994

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
elfutils (PTS)jessie0.159-4.2fixed
jessie (security)0.159-4.2+deb8u1fixed
bullseye, sid, buster0.176-1.1fixed

The information below is based on the following data on fixed versions.

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs
elfutilssourcejessie(not affected)
elfutilssourcewheezy(not affected)


[jessie] - elfutils <not-affected> (Vulnerable code not present)
[wheezy] - elfutils <not-affected> (Vulnerable code not present)

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