systemtap security update

ID CESA-2011:0841
Type centos
Reporter CentOS Project
Modified 2011-05-31T13:05:06


CentOS Errata and Security Advisory CESA-2011:0841

SystemTap is an instrumentation system for systems running the Linux kernel, version 2.6. Developers can write scripts to collect data on the operation of the system.

A divide-by-zero flaw was found in the way SystemTap handled malformed debugging information in DWARF format. When SystemTap unprivileged mode was enabled, an unprivileged user in the stapusr group could use this flaw to crash the system. Additionally, a privileged user (root, or a member of the stapdev group) could trigger this flaw when tricked into instrumenting a specially-crafted ELF binary, even when unprivileged mode was not enabled. (CVE-2011-1769)

SystemTap users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue.

Merged security bulletin from advisories:

Affected packages: systemtap systemtap-client systemtap-initscript systemtap-runtime systemtap-sdt-devel systemtap-server systemtap-testsuite

Upstream details at: