Ubuntu 10.10 / 11.04 : freetype vulnerability (USN-1173-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 55688


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


It was discovered that FreeType did not correctly handle certain malformed Type 1 font files. If a user were tricked into using a specially crafted font file, a remote attacker could cause FreeType to crash or possibly 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 libfreetype6 package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 55688

File Name: ubuntu_USN-1173-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2011/07/26

Modified: 2016/05/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 8.1

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libfreetype6, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:11.04

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: 2011/07/25

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-0226

BID: 48619

USN: 1173-1