The grep utility searches through textual input for lines that contain a match to a specified pattern and then prints the matching lines. The GNU grep utilities include grep, egrep, and fgrep. A heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way grep processed certain pattern and text combinations. An attacker able to trick a user into running grep on specially crafted input could use this flaw to crash grep or, potentially, read from uninitialized memory. (CVE-2015-1345) This update also fixes the following bugs: * Prior to this update, the \w and \W symbols were inconsistently matched to the [:alnum:] character class. Consequently, using regular expressions with "\w" and "\W" could lead to incorrect results. With this update, "\w" is consistently matched to the [[:alnum:]] character, and "\W" is consistently matched to the [^[:alnum:]] character. (BZ#1159012) * Previously, the Perl Compatible Regular Expression (PCRE) matcher (selected by the "-P" parameter in grep) did not work correctly when matching non-UTF-8 text in UTF-8 locales. Consequently, an error message about invalid UTF-8 byte sequence characters was returned. To fix this bug, patches from upstream have been applied to the grep utility. As a result, PCRE now skips non-UTF-8 characters as non-matching text without returning any error message. (BZ#1217080) All grep users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.