Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 16.10 / 17.04 : freetype vulnerability (USN-3263-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 99583


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


It was discovered that a heap-based buffer overflow existed in the FreeType library. If a user were tricked into using a specially crafted font file, a remote attacker could cause FreeType to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

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: 99583

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3263-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/04/21

Modified: 2018/01/30

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

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


Base Score: 9.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libfreetype6, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:17.04

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: 2017/04/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-10328

OSVDB: 148921

USN: 3263-1