The elfutils packages contain a number of utility programs and libraries related to the creation and maintenance of executable code.
The elfutils packages that originally shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 were GPL-licensed versions which lacked some functionality. Previous updates provided fully functional versions of elfutils only under the OSL license. This update provides a fully functional, GPL-licensed version of elfutils.
In the OSL-licensed elfutils versions provided in previous updates, some tools could sometimes crash when given corrupted input files. (CVE-2005-1704)
Also, when the eu-strip tool was used to create separate debuginfo files from relocatable objects such as kernel modules (.ko), the resulting debuginfo files (.ko.debug) were sometimes corrupted. Both of these problems are fixed in the new version.
Users of elfutils should upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve these issues.