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USN-4593-2: FreeType vulnerability

22 October 2020

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



  • freetype - FreeType 2 is a font engine library


USN-4593-1 fixed a vulnerability in FreeType. This update provides
the corresponding update for Ubuntu 14.04 ESM.

Original advisory 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.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04

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


Related notices

  • USN-4593-1: freetype2-demos, libfreetype6, freetype2-doc, libfreetype6-dev, freetype, libfreetype-dev, libfreetype6-udeb