Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 8.04 LTS / 9.04 / 9.10 / 10.04 LTS : freetype vulnerabilities (USN-963-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 47778


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Robert Swiecki discovered that FreeType did not correctly handle certain malformed font files. If a user were tricked into using a specially crafted font file, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary code with user privileges.

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 freetype2-demos, libfreetype6 and / or libfreetype6-dev packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 47778

File Name: ubuntu_USN-963-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2010/07/21

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:freetype2-demos, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libfreetype6, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libfreetype6-dev, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.10

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2010/07/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-2498, CVE-2010-2499, CVE-2010-2500, CVE-2010-2519, CVE-2010-2520, CVE-2010-2527

BID: 41663, 60750

OSVDB: 66462, 66463, 66464, 66465, 66466, 66467

USN: 963-1