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Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:38:32 +0000
From: mancha <>
Subject: Re: strings / libbfd crasher

On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 12:10:31PM -0700, Michal Zalewski wrote:
> I do have a bunch more that seem exploitable, though - for example:
> - does this repro for
> people (I tried with binutils 2.24)?


> I think that given the expectations people have around what strings
> does and whether it's safe to run on untrusted binaries, I'd seriously
> question the wisdom of making it use libbfd, at least by default;
> perhaps distros want to consider non-upstream patches that default to
> the -a mode, instead?

Unfortunately, the buggy code can be arrived at via multiple entry
points (e.g. objdump -p or nm on stringme, stringmetoo, and
strings-bfd-badfree). Those are also commonly used on untrusted binaries
(e.g. forensics). Fixing the core issues seems the way to go.


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