USN-324-1: freetype vulnerability

28 July 2006

freetype vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
  • Ubuntu 5.10
  • Ubuntu 5.04

Software Description


An integer overflow has been discovered in the FreeType library. By tricking a user into installing and/or opening a specially crafted font file, these could be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of that user.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
libfreetype6 - 2.1.10-1ubuntu2.2
Ubuntu 5.10
libfreetype6 - 2.1.7-2.4ubuntu1.2
Ubuntu 5.04
libfreetype6 - 2.1.7-2.3ubuntu0.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart your session to effect the necessary changes.