The following bug was found with AFLFast, a fork of AFL, in a 24 hour fuzzing session on Binutils. Thanks also to Van-Thuan Pham.
The linker crashes with an invalid read of size 8 for the following execution on Ubuntu 16.04 x86_64 in Binutils trunk and for preinstalled version v2.26.1 and on Ubuntu 14.04 x86_64 for Binutils in trunk. It works fine for Binutils v2.24.
$ printf "\x00\x00\xff\xff\x00\x00L\x010000\x18\x00\x00\x0000\x0400000000000000000000\x00000\x00" > test
$ ./ld -qN test
/home/ubuntu/subjects/binutils-gdb/ld/ld-new: i386 architecture of input file `test2' is incompatible with i386:x86-64 output
/home/ubuntu/subjects/binutils-gdb/ld/ld-new: warning: cannot find entry symbol _start; defaulting to 0000000000400078
==8561== Invalid read of size 8
==8561== at 0x6DE6D0: bfd_elf_final_link (elflink.c:11427)
==8561== by 0x484B7C: ldwrite (ldwrite.c:577)
==8561== by 0x408334: main (ldmain.c:444)
==8561== Address 0x3030303030303068 is not stack'd, malloc'd or (recently) free'd
../../bfd/peicode.h:658:42: runtime error: member access within misaligned address 0x61e00000f8c7 for type 'struct coff_section_tdata', which requires 8 byte alignment
0x61e00000f8c7: note: pointer points here
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
The master branch has been updated by Nick Clifton <email@example.com>:
Author: Nick Clifton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri Dec 2 17:46:26 2016 +0000
Fix seg-fault in linker when passed a corrupt binary input file.
* elflink.c (bfd_elf_final_link): Check for ELF flavour binaries
when following indirect links.
Thanks for reporting this bug. The problem was that the code to emit relocs was not checking the format of the input file before trying to read the ELF reloc section header... Patch applied, bug fixed.
The master branch has been updated by Alan Modra <email@example.com>:
Author: Alan Modra <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu Dec 15 21:29:44 2016 +1030
Linking non-ELF file broken by PR20908 fix
* elflink.c (bfd_elf_final_link): Revert 2016-12-02 change. Move
reloc counting code later after ELF flavour test.
This is CVE-2017-7299