Debian Security Advisory

DLA-861-1 r-base -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
17 Mar 2017
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2016-8714.
More information:

An exploitable buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the LoadEncoding functionality of the R programming language. A specially crafted R script can cause a buffer overflow resulting in a memory corruption. An attacker can send a malicious R script to trigger this vulnerability.

For Debian 7 Wheezy, this problem has been fixed in version 2.15.1-4+deb7u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your r-base packages.

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