USN-313-1: OpenOffice.org vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-313-1

12th July, 2006

openoffice.org-amd64, openoffice.org vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
  • Ubuntu 5.04

Details

It was possible to embed Basic macros in documents in a way that
OpenOffice.org would not ask for confirmation about executing them. By
tricking a user into opening a malicious document, this could be
exploited to run arbitrary Basic code (including local file access and
modification) with the user's privileges. (CVE-2006-2198)

A flaw was discovered in the Java sandbox which allowed Java applets
to break out of the sandbox and execute code without restrictions. By
tricking a user into opening a malicious document, this could be
exploited to run arbitrary code with the user's privileges. This
update disables Java applets for OpenOffice.org, since it is not
generally possible to guarantee the sandbox restrictions.
(CVE-2006-2199)

A buffer overflow has been found in the XML parser. By tricking a user
into opening a specially crafted XML file with OpenOffice.org, this
could be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the user's
privileges. (CVE-2006-3117)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
openoffice.org-common 2.0.2-2ubuntu12.1
openoffice.org-base 2.0.2-2ubuntu12.1
openoffice.org-core 2.0.2-2ubuntu12.1
Ubuntu 5.04:
openoffice.org-bin 1.1.3-8ubuntu2.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the
necessary changes.

Ubuntu 5.10 is also affected by these flaws. Updated packages will be
provided shortly.

References

CVE-2006-2198, CVE-2006-2199, CVE-2006-3117