GNU binutils 2.29 libbfd dwarf.c process_debug_info File Descriptor numeric error

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A vulnerability, which was classified as problematic, has been found in GNU binutils 2.29 (Programming Tool Software). Affected by this issue is the function process_debug_info of the file dwarf.c of the component libbfd. The manipulation as part of a File Descriptor leads to a numeric error vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-189. Impacted is availability.

The bug was discovered 09/27/2017. The weakness was published 09/30/2017 as Bug 22219 as not defined bug report (Bugzilla). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2017-14934 since 09/29/2017. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. Successful exploitation requires user interaction by the victim. There are known technical details, but no exploit is available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 2 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 111916 (Photon OS 1.0: Binutils PHSA-2018-1.0-0104 (deprecated)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family PhotonOS Local Security Checks and running in the context l.

A possible mitigation has been published 5 months after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (111916). Similar entries are available at 105827, 107296, 107298 and 107302.







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Class: Numeric error
CWE: CWE-189
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 111916
Nessus Name: Photon OS 1.0: Binutils PHSA-2018-1.0-0104 (deprecated)
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Patch: 19485196044b2521af979f1e5c4a89bfb90fba0b


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Advisory: Bug 22219
Researcher: skysider
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2017-14934 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 101204 - GNU Binutils 'process_debug_info()' Function Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability

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Created: 09/30/2017 11:34 AM
Updated: 12/30/2022 01:07 PM
Changes: 09/30/2017 11:34 AM (70), 11/20/2019 07:18 PM (9), 01/14/2021 07:38 PM (2), 12/30/2022 01:07 PM (2)
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