USN-466-1: freetype vulnerability

30 May 2007

freetype vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description


Victor Stinner discovered that freetype did not correctly verify the number of points in a TrueType font. If a user were tricked into using a specially crafted font, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary code with user privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.04
libfreetype6 - 2.2.1-5ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 6.10
libfreetype6 - 2.2.1-5ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
libfreetype6 - 2.1.10-1ubuntu2.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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