USN-2958-1: poppler vulnerabilities

2 May 2016

poppler vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


poppler could be made to crash or run programs if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • poppler - PDF rendering library


It was discovered that the poppler pdfseparate tool incorrectly handled certain filenames. A local attacker could use this issue to cause the tool to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. (CVE-2013-4473, CVE-2013-4474)

It was discovered that poppler incorrectly parsed certain 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. (CVE-2015-8868)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 15.10
libpoppler-cpp0 - 0.33.0-0ubuntu3.1
libpoppler-glib8 - 0.33.0-0ubuntu3.1
libpoppler-qt4-4 - 0.33.0-0ubuntu3.1
libpoppler-qt5-1 - 0.33.0-0ubuntu3.1
libpoppler52 - 0.33.0-0ubuntu3.1
poppler-utils - 0.33.0-0ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libpoppler-cpp0 - 0.24.5-2ubuntu4.4
libpoppler-glib8 - 0.24.5-2ubuntu4.4
libpoppler-qt4-4 - 0.24.5-2ubuntu4.4
libpoppler-qt5-1 - 0.24.5-2ubuntu4.4
libpoppler44 - 0.24.5-2ubuntu4.4
poppler-utils - 0.24.5-2ubuntu4.4
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
libpoppler-cpp0 - 0.18.4-1ubuntu3.2
libpoppler-glib8 - 0.18.4-1ubuntu3.2
libpoppler-qt4-3 - 0.18.4-1ubuntu3.2
libpoppler19 - 0.18.4-1ubuntu3.2
poppler-utils - 0.18.4-1ubuntu3.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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