SUSE-SU-2023:2485-1: moderate: Security update for gdb

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# Security update for gdb

Announcement ID: SUSE-SU-2023:2485-1  
Rating: moderate  

  * #1068950
  * #1081527
  * #1192285
  * #1207712
  * #1210081


  * CVE-2017-16829
  * CVE-2018-7208

CVSS scores:

  * CVE-2017-16829 ( SUSE ):  3.3 CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:L
  * CVE-2017-16829 ( NVD ):  7.8 CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H
  * CVE-2018-7208 ( SUSE ):  3.3 CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:L
  * CVE-2018-7208 ( NVD ):  7.8 CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Affected Products:

  * SUSE Linux Enterprise High Performance Computing 12 SP5
  * SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5
  * SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 SP5
  * SUSE Linux Enterprise Software Development Kit 12 SP5

An update that solves two vulnerabilities, contains two features and has three
fixes can now be installed.

## Description:

This update for gdb fixes the following issues:

gdb was updated to 12.1. (jsc#SLE-21561)

  * DBX mode is deprecated, and will be removed in GDB 13.

  * GDB 12 is the last release of GDB that will support building against Python
    2. From GDB 13, it will only be possible to build GDB itself with Python 3

  * Improved C++ template support:

GDB now treats functions/types involving C++ templates like it does function
overloads. Users may omit parameter lists to set breakpoints on families of
template functions, including types/functions composed of multiple template
types: (gdb) break template_func(template_1, int) The above will set breakpoints
at every function `template_func' where the first function parameter is any
template type named`template_1' and the second function parameter is `int'. TAB
completion also gains similar improvements.

  * New commands:

  * maint set backtrace-on-fatal-signal on|off

  * maint show backtrace-on-fatal-signal

This setting is 'on' by default. When 'on' GDB will print a limited backtrace to
stderr in the situation where GDB terminates with a fatal signal. This only
supported on some platforms where the backtrace and backtrace_symbols_fd
functions are available.

  * set source open on|off
  * show source open

This setting, which is on by default, controls whether GDB will try to open
source code files. Switching this off will stop GDB trying to open and read
source code files, which can be useful if the files are located over a slow
network connection.

  * set varsize-limit
  * show varsize-limit

These are now deprecated aliases for "set max-value-size" and "show max-value-

  * task apply [all | TASK-IDS...] [FLAG]... COMMAND

Like "thread apply", but applies COMMAND to Ada tasks.

  * watch [...] task ID

Watchpoints can now be restricted to a specific Ada task.

  * maint set internal-error backtrace on|off
  * maint show internal-error backtrace
  * maint set internal-warning backtrace on|off
  * maint show internal-warning backtrace

GDB can now print a backtrace of itself when it encounters either an internal-
error, or an internal-warning. This is on by default for internal-error and off
by default for internal-warning.

  * set logging on|off

Deprecated and replaced by "set logging enabled on|off".

  * set logging enabled on|off
  * show logging enabled

These commands set or show whether logging is enabled or disabled.

  * exit

You can now exit GDB by using the new command "exit", in addition to the
existing "quit" command.

  * set debug threads on|off
  * show debug threads

Print additional debug messages about thread creation and deletion.

  * set debug linux-nat on|off
  * show debug linux-nat

These new commands replaced the old 'set debug lin-lwp' and 'show debug lin-lwp'
respectively. Turning this setting on prints debug messages relating to GDB's
handling of native Linux inferiors.

  * maint flush source-cache

Flush the contents of the source code cache.

  * maint set gnu-source-highlight enabled on|off
  * maint show gnu-source-highlight enabled

Whether GDB should use the GNU Source Highlight library for adding styling to
source code. When off, the library will not be used, even when available. When
GNU Source Highlight isn't used, or can't add styling to a particular source
file, then the Python Pygments library will be used instead.

  * set suppress-cli-notifications (on|off)
  * show suppress-cli-notifications

This controls whether printing the notifications is suppressed for CLI. CLI
notifications occur when you change the selected context (i.e., the current
inferior, thread and/or the frame), or when the program being debugged stops
(e.g., because of hitting a breakpoint, completing source-stepping, an
interrupt, etc.).

  * set style disassembler enabled on|off
  * show style disassembler enabled

If GDB is compiled with Python support, and the Python Pygments package is
available, then, when this setting is on, disassembler output will have styling

  * set ada source-charset
  * show ada source-charset

Set the character set encoding that is assumed for Ada symbols. Valid values for
this follow the values that can be passed to the GNAT compiler via the '-gnati'
option. The default is ISO-8859-1.

  * Changed commands:

  * print

Printing of floating-point values with base-modifying formats like /x has been
changed to display the underlying bytes of the value in the desired base. This
was GDB's documented behavior, but was never implemented correctly.

  * maint packet

This command can now print a reply, if the reply includes non-printable
characters. Any non-printable characters are printed as escaped hex, e.g. \x??
where '??' is replaces with the value of the non-printable character.

  * clone-inferior The clone-inferior command now ensures that the TTY, CMD and
    ARGS settings are copied from the original inferior to the new one. All
    modifications to the environment variables done using the 'set environment'
    or 'unset environment' commands are also copied to the new inferior.

  * set debug lin-lwp on|off

  * show debug lin-lwp

These commands have been removed from GDB. The new command 'set debug linux-nat'
and 'show debug linux-nat' should be used instead.

  * info win

This command now includes information about the width of the tui windows in its

  * GDB's Ada parser now supports an extension for specifying the exact byte
    contents of a floating-point literal. This can be useful for setting
    floating-point registers to a precise value without loss of precision. The
    syntax is an extension of the based literal syntax. Use, e.g.,
    "16lf#0123abcd#" \-- the number of "l"s controls the width of the floating-
    point type, and the "f" is the marker for floating point.

  * MI changes:

** The '-add-inferior' with no option flags now inherits the connection of the
current inferior, this restores the behaviour of GDB as it was prior to GDB 10.

** The '-add-inferior' command now accepts a '\--no-connection' option, which
causes the new inferior to start without a connection.

  * Python API:

** New function gdb.add_history(), which takes a gdb.Value object and adds the
value it represents to GDB's history list. An integer, the index of the new item
in the history list, is returned.

** New function gdb.history_count(), which returns the number of values in GDB's
value history.

** New event. This event is called with a
gdb.GdbExitingEvent object which has the read-only attribute 'exit_code', which
contains the value of the GDB exit code. This event is triggered once GDB
decides it is going to exit, but before GDB starts to clean up its internal

** New function gdb.architecture_names(), which returns a list containing all of
the possible values. Each entry is a string.

** New function gdb.Architecture.integer_type(), which returns an integer type
given a size and a signed-ness.

** New gdb.TargetConnection object type that represents a connection (as
displayed by the 'info connections' command). A sub-class,
gdb.RemoteTargetConnection, is used to represent 'remote' and 'extended-remote'

** The gdb.Inferior type now has a 'connection' property which is an instance of
gdb.TargetConnection, the connection used by this inferior. This can be None if
the inferior has no connection.

** New '' event registry, which emits a
'gdb.ConnectionEvent' when a connection is removed from GDB. This event has a
'connection' property, a gdb.TargetConnection object for the connection being

** New gdb.connections() function that returns a list of all currently active

** New gdb.RemoteTargetConnection.send_packet(PACKET) method. This is equivalent
to the existing 'maint packet' CLI command; it allows a user specified packet to
be sent to the remote target.

** New function gdb.host_charset(), returns a string, which is the name of the
current host charset.

** New gdb.set_parameter(NAME, VALUE). This sets the gdb parameter NAME to

** New gdb.with_parameter(NAME, VALUE). This returns a context manager that
temporarily sets the gdb parameter NAME to VALUE, then resets it when the
context is exited.

** The gdb.Value.format_string method now takes a 'styling' argument, which is a
boolean. When true, the returned string can include escape sequences to apply
styling. The styling will only be present if styling is otherwise turned on in
GDB (see 'help set styling'). When false, which is the default if the argument
is not given, then no styling is applied to the returned string.

** New read-only attribute gdb.InferiorThread.details, which is either a string,
containing additional, target specific thread state information, or None, if
there is no such additional information.

** New read-only attribute gdb.Type.is_scalar, which is True for scalar types,
and False for all other types.

** New read-only attribute gdb.Type.is_signed. This attribute should only be
read when Type.is_scalar is True, and will be True for signed types, and False
for all other types. Attempting to read this attribute for non-scalar types will
raise a ValueError.

** It is now possible to add GDB/MI commands implemented in Python.

  * Update libipt to v2.0.5.

  * CVE-2018-7208: Fixed improper bounds check in
    coffgen.c:coff_pointerize_aux() that allowed for denial of service when
    parsing a crafted COFF file (bsc#1081527).

  * CVE-2017-16829: Fixed possible remote denial of service via the
    _bfd_elf_parse_gnu_properties() function in elf-properties.c (bsc#1068950).

Bug fixes:

  * Fixed license (bsc#1210081).
  * Advertises RHEL version support status (bsc#1207712).
  * Fixed crashes while debugging a clang-cpp app (bsc#1192285).

## Patch Instructions:

To install this SUSE Moderate update use the SUSE recommended installation
methods like YaST online_update or "zypper patch".  
Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product:

  * SUSE Linux Enterprise Software Development Kit 12 SP5  
    zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SDK-12-SP5-2023-2485=1

  * SUSE Linux Enterprise High Performance Computing 12 SP5  
    zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-SP5-2023-2485=1

  * SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5  
    zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-SP5-2023-2485=1

  * SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 SP5  
    zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-SP5-2023-2485=1

## Package List:

  * SUSE Linux Enterprise Software Development Kit 12 SP5 (aarch64 ppc64le s390x
    * gdb-debuginfo-12.1-2.20.1
    * gdb-debugsource-12.1-2.20.1
    * gdbserver-12.1-2.20.1
    * gdbserver-debuginfo-12.1-2.20.1
  * SUSE Linux Enterprise Software Development Kit 12 SP5 (s390x)
    * gdb-debuginfo-32bit-12.1-2.20.1
    * gdbserver-debuginfo-32bit-12.1-2.20.1
    * gdbserver-32bit-12.1-2.20.1
  * SUSE Linux Enterprise High Performance Computing 12 SP5 (aarch64 x86_64)
    * gdb-12.1-2.20.1
    * gdb-debugsource-12.1-2.20.1
    * gdb-debuginfo-12.1-2.20.1
  * SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 (aarch64 ppc64le s390x x86_64)
    * gdb-12.1-2.20.1
    * gdb-debugsource-12.1-2.20.1
    * gdb-debuginfo-12.1-2.20.1
  * SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 SP5 (ppc64le x86_64)
    * gdb-12.1-2.20.1
    * gdb-debugsource-12.1-2.20.1
    * gdb-debuginfo-12.1-2.20.1

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