USN-1785-1: poppler vulnerabilities

2 April 2013

poppler vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS


Applications using poppler could be made to crash or possibly run programs as your login if they opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • poppler - PDF rendering library


It was discovered that poppler contained multiple security issues when parsing malformed PDF documents. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a crafted PDF file, an attacker could cause a denial of service or possibly 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 12.10
libpoppler-glib8 - 0.20.4-0ubuntu1.2
libpoppler28 - 0.20.4-0ubuntu1.2
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
libpoppler-glib8 - 0.18.4-1ubuntu3.1
libpoppler19 - 0.18.4-1ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 11.10
libpoppler-glib6 - 0.16.7-2ubuntu2.1
libpoppler13 - 0.16.7-2ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
libpoppler-glib4 - 0.12.4-0ubuntu5.3
libpoppler5 - 0.12.4-0ubuntu5.3
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
libpoppler-glib2 - 0.6.4-1ubuntu3.6
libpoppler2 - 0.6.4-1ubuntu3.6

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.