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    Debian: DSA-3480-1: eglibc security update

    Date 16 Feb 2016
    Posted By LinuxSecurity Advisories
    Several vulnerabilities have been fixed in the GNU C Library, eglibc. The CVE-2015-7547 vulnerability listed below is considered to have critical impact.
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    Debian Security Advisory DSA-3480-1                   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                           Florian Weimer
    February 16, 2016           
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    Package        : eglibc
    CVE ID         : CVE-2014-8121 CVE-2015-1781 CVE-2015-7547 CVE-2015-8776 
                     CVE-2015-8777 CVE-2015-8778 CVE-2015-8779
    Debian Bug     : 779587 796105 798316 801691 803927 812441 812445 812455
    Several vulnerabilities have been fixed in the GNU C Library, eglibc.
    The CVE-2015-7547 vulnerability listed below is considered to have
    critical impact.
        Robin Hack discovered that the nss_files database did not
        correctly implement enumeration interleaved with name-based or
        ID-based lookups.  This could cause the enumeration enter an
        endless loop, leading to a denial of service.
        Arjun Shankar discovered that the _r variants of host name
        resolution functions (like gethostbyname_r), when performing DNS
        name resolution, suffered from a buffer overflow if a misaligned
        buffer was supplied by the applications, leading to a crash or,
        potentially, arbitrary code execution.  Most applications are not
        affected by this vulnerability because they use aligned buffers.
        The Google Security Team and Red Hat discovered that the eglibc
        host name resolver function, getaddrinfo, when processing
        AF_UNSPEC queries (for dual A/AAAA lookups), could mismanage its
        internal buffers, leading to a stack-based buffer overflow and
        arbitrary code execution.  This vulnerability affects most
        applications which perform host name resolution using getaddrinfo,
        including system services.
        Adam Nielsen discovered that if an invalid separated time value
        is passed to strftime, the strftime function could crash or leak
        information.  Applications normally pass only valid time
        information to strftime; no affected applications are known.
        Hector Marco-Gisbert reported that LD_POINTER_GUARD was not
        ignored for SUID programs, enabling an unintended bypass of a
        security feature.  This update causes eglibc to always ignore the
        LD_POINTER_GUARD environment variable.
        Szabolcs Nagy reported that the rarely-used hcreate and hcreate_r
        functions did not check the size argument properly, leading to a
        crash (denial of service) for certain arguments.  No impacted
        applications are known at this time.
        The catopen function contains several unbound stack allocations
        (stack overflows), causing it the crash the process (denial of
        service).  No applications where this issue has a security impact
        are currently known.
    The following fixed vulnerabilities currently lack CVE assignment:
        Joseph Myers reported discovered that an integer overflow in the
        strxfrm can lead to heap-based buffer overflow, possibly allowing
        arbitrary code execution.  In addition, a fallback path in strxfrm
        uses an unbounded stack allocation (stack overflow), leading to a
        crash or erroneous application behavior.
        Kostya Serebryany reported that the fnmatch function could skip
        over the terminating NUL character of a malformed pattern, causing
        an application calling fnmatch to crash (denial of service).
        Joseph Myers reported that the IO_wstr_overflow function,
        internally used by wide-oriented character streams, suffered from
        an integer overflow, leading to a heap-based buffer overflow.  On
        GNU/Linux systems, wide-oriented character streams are rarely
        used, and no affected applications are known.
        Andreas Schwab reported a memory leak (memory allocation without a
        matching deallocation) while processing certain DNS answers in
        getaddrinfo, related to the _nss_dns_gethostbyname4_r function.
        This vulnerability could lead to a denial of service.
    While it is only necessary to ensure that all processes are not using
    the old eglibc anymore, it is recommended to reboot the machines after
    applying the security upgrade.
    For the oldstable distribution (wheezy), these problems have been fixed
    in version 2.13-38+deb7u10.
    We recommend that you upgrade your eglibc packages.
    Further information about Debian Security Advisories, how to apply
    these updates to your system and frequently asked questions can be
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