Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 8.04 LTS / 8.10 / 9.04 : freetype vulnerability (USN-767-1)
Critical Nessus Plugin ID 38196
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionTavis Ormandy discovered that FreeType did not correctly handle certain large values in font files. If a user were tricked into using a specially crafted font file, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary code with user privileges.
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SolutionUpdate the affected freetype2-demos, libfreetype6 and / or libfreetype6-dev packages.