Ubuntu 17.10 : freetype vulnerability (USN-3572-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 106839


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


It was discovered that FreeType incorrectly handled certain files. An attacker could possibly use this to cause a denial of service.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected libfreetype6 package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 106839

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3572-1.nasl

Version: 3.3

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2018/02/15

Modified: 2018/03/19

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND


Base Score: 6.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libfreetype6, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:17.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2018/02/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-6942

OSVDB: 174769

USN: 3572-1