A portable executable (PE32+) file lacks security features.
Due to changes in
binutils-mingw-w64 the historical
advice is incorrect. Current tools do not create safe binaries,
and advertising such settings with
genpeimg is pointless.
In short, the flags alone do nothing unless a binary is built specifically to support a missing flag. Merely setting the flag, as recommended below, can actually make a file less secure.
More information can be found via the link in the references.
The following advice is historical. PLEASE DO NOT FOLLOW IT.
The package ships a Microsoft Windows Portable Executable (PE) file
that appears to be lacking security hardening features. You can see
which are missing using the
pesec tool from the
EFI binaries also often trigger this tag. The security flags are
probably meaningless for them, but the flags are easily changed
genpeimg tool from the
$ genpeimg -d +d -d +n -d +s $file
Then, to verify that it worked:
$ genpeimg -x $file ... Optional Characteristics: dynamic-base nx-compatible no-SEH
Please change the flags, if possible, instead of overriding the tag.
For more information please consult:
The tag is present in Lintian version
That is the most recent version we know about.
We use semantic versions.
The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the
release tag in our Git
You can find the detection logic for this version at commit d219a5a. For merge requests, please use the latest version in the Lintian check pe.
This tag is experimental.