RHEL 4 / 5 / 6 : freetype (RHSA-2010:0889)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.

Description :

Updated freetype packages that fix one security issue are now
available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, and 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having
important security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System
(CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is
available from the CVE link in the References section.

FreeType is a free, high-quality, portable font engine that can open
and manage font files. It also loads, hints, and renders individual
glyphs efficiently. The freetype packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 provide both the FreeType 1 and FreeType 2 font engines. The
freetype packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6 provide only
the FreeType 2 font engine.

A heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way the FreeType
font rendering engine processed certain TrueType GX fonts. If a user
loaded a specially-crafted font file with an application linked
against FreeType, it could cause the application to crash or,
possibly, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user
running the application. (CVE-2010-3855)

Note: This issue only affects the FreeType 2 font engine.

Users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain
a backported patch to correct this issue. The X server must be
restarted (log out, then log back in) for this update to take effect.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2010-3855.html
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2010-0889.html

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 6.8
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
CVSS Temporal Score : 5.3
(CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 50620 ()

Bugtraq ID: 44214

CVE ID: CVE-2010-3855