USN-438-1: Inkscape vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-438-1

20th March, 2007

inkscape vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
  • Ubuntu 5.10


A flaw was discovered in Inkscape's use of format strings. If a user
were tricked into opening a specially crafted URI in Inkscape, 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 version:

Ubuntu 6.10:
inkscape 0.44-1ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
inkscape 0.43-4ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 5.10:
inkscape 0.42-1ubuntu0.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart Inkscape or reboot
your computer to effect the necessary changes.