USN-972-1: FreeType vulnerabilities

17 August 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


It was 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 cause FreeType to crash or possibly 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 - 2.3.11-1ubuntu2.2
Ubuntu 9.10
libfreetype6 - 2.3.9-5ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 9.04
libfreetype6 - 2.3.9-4ubuntu0.3
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
libfreetype6 - 2.3.5-1ubuntu4.8.04.4
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
libfreetype6 - 2.1.10-1ubuntu2.8

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.