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Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:31:28 -0700
From: Michal Zalewski <>
To: oss-security <>, Tavis Ormandy <>
Subject: Re: strings / libbfd crasher


>> I don't understand the user benefit of extracting strings only from
>> certain sections of executables, and I almost feel like it's a side
>> effect of strings being a part of binutils more than anything else.
> I fully agree. I wasn't aware strings does any kind of executable
> parsing and I was very surprised that there is any attack vector at all
> against it at all.

Tavis mentioned to me some time ago that he made that suggestion
upstream when he bumped into other issues many years ago; he can
probably comment on how that went, but more generally, distro vendors
have some latitude to apply non-upstream patches to change the default
behavior... maybe that's the way to go.


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