USN-1526-1: KOffice vulnerability

9 August 2012

koffice vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 11.04


KOffice could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • koffice - KDE Office Suite


It was discovered that KOffice incorrectly handled certain malformed MS Word documents. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a crafted MS Word file, an attacker could cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code with privileges of the user invoking the program.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 11.10
koffice - 1:2.3.3-0ubuntu6.1
Ubuntu 11.04
koffice - 1:2.3.3-0ubuntu4.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to restart KOffice to make all the necessary changes.