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USN-4593-1: FreeType vulnerability

20 October 2020

FreeType could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

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Releases

Packages

  • freetype - FreeType 2 is a font engine library

Details

Sergei Glazunov 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 cause FreeType to crash or possibly
execute arbitrary code with user privileges.

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Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04

After a standard system update you need to restart your session to make
all the necessary changes.

References

Related notices

  • USN-4593-2: freetype2-demos, libfreetype6-udeb, libfreetype6, freetype, libfreetype6-dev