USN-1589-2: GNU C Library regression

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1589-2

17th December, 2012

glibc regression

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Summary

USN-1589-1 exposed a regression in the GNU C Library floating point parser.

Software description

  • glibc - GNU C Library

Details

USN-1589-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the GNU C Library. One of the updates
exposed a regression in the floating point parser. This update fixes the
problem.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

It was discovered that positional arguments to the printf() family
of functions were not handled properly in the GNU C Library. An
attacker could possibly use this to cause a stack-based buffer
overflow, creating a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary
code. (CVE-2012-3404, CVE-2012-3405, CVE-2012-3406)

It was discovered that multiple integer overflows existed in the
strtod(), strtof() and strtold() functions in the GNU C Library. An
attacker could possibly use this to trigger a stack-based buffer
overflow, creating a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary
code. (CVE-2012-3480)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
libc6 2.7-10ubuntu8.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.

References

CVE-2012-3480