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RHSA-2014:1391: glibc security bug fix and enhancement update (Moderate)


The glibc packages provide the standard C libraries (libc) POSIX thread libraries (libpthread) standard math libraries (libm) and the Name Server Caching Daemon (nscd) used by multiple programs on the system. Without these libraries the Linux system cannot function correctly. An out-of-bounds write flaw was found in the way the glibc's readdir_r() function handled file system entries longer than the NAME_MAX character constant. A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted NTFS or CIFS file system that when processed by an application using readdir_r() would cause that application to crash or potentially allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. (CVE-2013-4237) It was found that getaddrinfo() did not limit the amount of stack memory used during name resolution. An attacker able to make an application resolve an attacker-controlled hostname or IP address could possibly cause the application to exhaust all stack memory and crash. (CVE-2013-4458) These updated glibc packages also include several bug fixes and two enhancements. Space precludes documenting all of these changes in this advisory. Users are directed to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Technical Notes linked to in the References section for information on the most significant of these changes. All glibc users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages which contain backported patches to correct these issues and add these enhancements.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • CentOS Linux 6
  • RHSA-2014:1391-01
  • CVE-2013-4237
  • CVE-2013-4458
  • CESA-2014:1391
  • glibc