Scientific Linux Security Update : freetype on SL5.x, SL6.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 64424


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


A flaw was found in the way the FreeType font rendering engine processed certain Glyph Bitmap Distribution Format (BDF) fonts. If a user loaded a specially crafted font file with an application linked against FreeType, it could cause the application to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. (CVE-2012-5669)

The X server must be restarted (log out, then log back in) for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 64424

File Name: sl_20130131_freetype_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/02/04

Modified: 2014/08/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2013/01/31

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-5669