RHEL 3 / 4 / 5 : freetype (RHSA-2008:0556)

High Nessus Plugin ID 33249


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


Updated freetype packages that fix various security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5.

This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

[Updated 25th June 2008] The original packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4 distributed with this errata had a bug which prevented freetype library from loading certain font files correctly. We have updated the packages to correct this bug.

FreeType is a free, high-quality, portable font engine that can open and manage font files, as well as efficiently load, hint and render individual glyphs.

Multiple flaws were discovered in FreeType's Printer Font Binary (PFB) font-file format parser. If a user loaded a carefully crafted font-file with a program linked against FreeType, it could cause the application to crash, or possibly execute arbitrary code.
(CVE-2008-1806, CVE-2008-1807, CVE-2008-1808)

Note: the flaw in FreeType's TrueType Font (TTF) font-file format parser, covered by CVE-2008-1808, did not affect the freetype packages as shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5, as they are not compiled with TTF Byte Code Interpreter (BCI) support.

Users of freetype should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 33249

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-0556.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.19 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2008/06/24

Modified: 2017/01/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freetype, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freetype-demos, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freetype-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freetype-utils, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.2

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/06/25

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1806, CVE-2008-1807, CVE-2008-1808

BID: 29637, 29639, 29640, 29641

RHSA: 2008:0556

CWE: 189