USN-2148-1: FreeType vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2148-1

17th March, 2014

freetype vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 13.10


FreeType could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted font file.

Software description

  • freetype - FreeType 2 is a font engine library


Mateusz Jurczyk 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. (CVE-2014-2240, CVE-2014-2241)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.10:
libfreetype6 2.4.12-0ubuntu1.1

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-2014-2240, CVE-2014-2241