USN-3843-1: pixman vulnerability

11 December 2018

pixman vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Summary

pixman could be made to crash or run programs if it processed specially crafted instructions.

Software Description

  • pixman - pixel-manipulation library for X and cairo

Details

It was discovered that pixman incorrectly handled the general_composite_rect function. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause pixman to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libpixman-1-0 - 0.30.2-2ubuntu1.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

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

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