USN-871-1: KDE vulnerabilities

11 December 2009

kdelibs vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 9.10
  • Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Software Description

  • kdelibs


A buffer overflow was found in the KDE libraries when converting a string to a floating point number. If a user or application linked against kdelibs were tricked into processing crafted input, an attacker could cause a denial of service (via application crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program. (CVE-2009-0689)

It was discovered that the KDE libraries could use KHTML to process an unknown MIME type. If a user or application linked against kdelibs were tricked into opening a crafted file, an attacker could potentially trigger XMLHTTPRequests to remote sites.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 9.10
kdelibs4c2a - 4:3.5.10.dfsg.1-2ubuntu7.2
Ubuntu 9.04
kdelibs4c2a - 4:3.5.10.dfsg.1-1ubuntu8.4
Ubuntu 8.10
kdelibs4c2a - 4:3.5.10-0ubuntu6.4
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
kdelibs4c2a - 4:3.5.10-0ubuntu1~hardy1.5

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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