USN-963-1: FreeType vulnerabilities

20 July 2010

freetype vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 9.10
  • Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS


Software Description

  • freetype


Robert Święcki discovered that FreeType did not correctly handle certain malformed font files. If a user were tricked into using a specially crafted font file, 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 10.04 LTS
libfreetype6 - 2.3.11-1ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 9.10
libfreetype6 - 2.3.9-5ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 9.04
libfreetype6 - 2.3.9-4ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
libfreetype6 - 2.3.5-1ubuntu4.8.04.3
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
libfreetype6 - 2.1.10-1ubuntu2.7

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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