GLSA 200509-20 AbiWord: RTF import stack-based buffer overflow
Posted on: 09/30/2005 06:12 AM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - AbiWord: RTF import stack-based buffer overflow. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200509-20
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: AbiWord: RTF import stack-based buffer overflow
Date: September 30, 2005
Bugs: #107351
ID: 200509-20

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Synopsis
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AbiWord is vulnerable to a stack-based buffer overflow during RTF
import, making it vulnerable to the execution of arbitrary code.

Background
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AbiWord is a free and cross-platform word processing program. It allows
to import RTF files into AbiWord documents.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 app-office/abiword lt; 2.2.10 gt;= 2.2.10

Description
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Chris Evans discovered that the RTF import function in AbiWord is
vulnerable to a stack-based buffer overflow.

Impact
======

An attacker could design a malicious RTF file and entice the user to
import it in AbiWord, potentially resulting in the execution of
arbitrary code with the rights of the user running AbiWord.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All AbiWord users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=app-office/abiword-2.2.10"

References
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[ 1 ] CAN-2005-2964
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?nameƊN-2005-2964

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200509-20.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0



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