USN-604-1: Gnumeric vulnerability

22 April 2008

gnumeric vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • gnumeric


Thilo Pfennig and Morten Welinder discovered that the XLS spreadsheet handling code in Gnumeric did not correctly calculate needed memory sizes. If a user or automated system were tricked into loading a specially crafted XLS document, 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 7.10
gnumeric - 1.7.11-1ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 7.04
gnumeric - 1.7.8-0ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 6.10
gnumeric - 1.7.0-1ubuntu4.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
gnumeric - 1.6.3-0ubuntu4.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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