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Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2017 20:25:56 +0000
From: "Agostino Sarubbo" <>
To: "" <>
Subject: binutils: invalid memory read in find_abstract_instance_name (dwarf2.c)

binutils is a set of tools necessary to build programs.

The complete ASan output of the issue:

# nm -A -a -l -S -s --special-syms --synthetic --with-symbol-versions -D $FILE
==23816==ERROR: AddressSanitizer: SEGV on unknown address 0x4700004008d0 (pc 0x0000005427b6 bp 0x7ffd49033690 sp 0x7ffd49033680 T0)                                                                               
==23816==The signal is caused by a READ memory access.                                                                                                                                                            
    #0 0x5427b5 in _bfd_safe_read_leb128 /var/tmp/portage/sys-devel/binutils-9999/work/binutils/bfd/libbfd.c:1019:14                                                                                              
    #1 0x6a9b25 in find_abstract_instance_name /var/tmp/portage/sys-devel/binutils-9999/work/binutils/bfd/dwarf2.c:2918:19                                                                                        
    #2 0x69a3ff in scan_unit_for_symbols /var/tmp/portage/sys-devel/binutils-9999/work/binutils/bfd/dwarf2.c:3168:10                                                                                              
    #3 0x6a2de6 in comp_unit_maybe_decode_line_info /var/tmp/portage/sys-devel/binutils-9999/work/binutils/bfd/dwarf2.c:3660:9                                                                                    
    #4 0x6a2de6 in comp_unit_find_line /var/tmp/portage/sys-devel/binutils-9999/work/binutils/bfd/dwarf2.c:3686                                                                                                   
    #5 0x6a0369 in _bfd_dwarf2_find_nearest_line /var/tmp/portage/sys-devel/binutils-9999/work/binutils/bfd/dwarf2.c:4798:11                                                                                      
    #6 0x5f332e in _bfd_elf_find_line /var/tmp/portage/sys-devel/binutils-9999/work/binutils/bfd/elf.c:8695:10                                                                                                    
    #7 0x5176a3 in print_symbol /var/tmp/portage/sys-devel/binutils-9999/work/binutils/binutils/nm.c:1003:9                                                                                                       
    #8 0x514e4d in print_symbols /var/tmp/portage/sys-devel/binutils-9999/work/binutils/binutils/nm.c:1084:7                                                                                                      
    #9 0x514e4d in display_rel_file /var/tmp/portage/sys-devel/binutils-9999/work/binutils/binutils/nm.c:1200                                                                                                     
    #10 0x510976 in display_file /var/tmp/portage/sys-devel/binutils-9999/work/binutils/binutils/nm.c:1318:7                                                                                                      
    #11 0x50f4ce in main /var/tmp/portage/sys-devel/binutils-9999/work/binutils/binutils/nm.c:1792:12                                                                                                             
    #12 0x7f839bb03680 in __libc_start_main /var/tmp/portage/sys-libs/glibc-2.23-r4/work/glibc-2.23/csu/../csu/libc-start.c:289                                                                                   
    #13 0x41a638 in chmod (/usr/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/binutils-bin/git/nm+0x41a638)                                                                                                                                 
AddressSanitizer can not provide additional info.
SUMMARY: AddressSanitizer: SEGV /var/tmp/portage/sys-devel/binutils-9999/work/binutils/bfd/libbfd.c:1019:14 in _bfd_safe_read_leb128

Affected version: and maybe past releases

Fixed version:

Commit fix:;h=1b86808a86077722ee4f42ff97f836b12420bb2a

This bug was discovered by Agostino Sarubbo of Gentoo.



2017-09-26: bug discovered and reported to upstream
2017-09-26: upstream released a patch
2017-10-24: blog post about the issue
2017-10-27: CVE assigned

This bug was found with American Fuzzy Lop.
This bug was identified with bare metal servers donated by Packet. This work is also supported by the Core Infrastructure Initiative.


Agostino Sarubbo
Gentoo Linux Developer

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