USN-3760-1: transfig vulnerability

6 September 2018

transfig vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


transfig could be made to execute arbitrary code if it received a specially crafted FIG file.

Software Description

  • transfig - Utilities for converting XFig figure files


It was discovered that transfig incorrectly handled certain FIG files. An attacker could possibly use this to execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
transfig - 1:3.2.5.e-5ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
transfig - 1:3.2.5.e-1ubuntu1.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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