RHEL 5 : freetype (RHSA-2009:1061)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 38873


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 5.

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

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. These packages provide the FreeType 2 font engine.

Tavis Ormandy of the Google Security Team discovered several integer overflow flaws in the FreeType 2 font engine. If a user loaded a carefully-crafted font file with an application linked against FreeType 2, it could cause the application to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. (CVE-2009-0946)

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


Update the affected freetype, freetype-demos and / or freetype-devel packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 38873

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2009-1061.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.16 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/05/23

Modified: 2017/01/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A: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, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.3

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

Patch Publication Date: 2009/05/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-0946

RHSA: 2009:1061

CWE: 189