USN-972-1: FreeType vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-972-1

17th 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 version:

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.


CVE-2010-1797, CVE-2010-2541, CVE-2010-2805, CVE-2010-2806, CVE-2010-2807, CVE-2010-2808