Debian DLA-848-1 : freetype security update

high Nessus Plugin ID 97588


The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


It was discovered that there was a denial of service vulnerability in freetype, a font rendering library.

The parse_charstrings function did not ensure that a font contains a glyph name, which allowed remote attackers to cause a denial of service via a specially crafted file.

For Debian 7 'Wheezy', this issue has been fixed in freetype version 2.4.9-1.1+deb7u4.

We recommend that you upgrade your freetype packages.

NOTE: Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the DLA security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Upgrade the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 97588

File Name: debian_DLA-848.nasl

Version: 3.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 3/8/2017

Updated: 1/11/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

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


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:freetype2-demos, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libfreetype6, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libfreetype6-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libfreetype6-udeb, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:7.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/7/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-10244