GLSA 201201-08: FontForge: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Posted on: 01/23/2012 04:33 PM

A FontForge update has been released for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 201201-08
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: FontForge: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Date: January 23, 2012
Bugs: #386293
ID: 201201-08

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Synopsis
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A stack-based buffer overflow flaw in FontForge could result in
execution of arbitrary code or a Denial of Service.

Background
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FontForge is a PostScript font editor and converter.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 media-gfx/fontforge < 20110222-r1 >= 20110222-r1

Description
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FontForge is vulnerable to an error when processing the
"CHARSET_REGISTRY" header in font files, which could cause a
stack-based buffer overflow.

Impact
======

A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted BDF
file using FontForge font editor, possibly resulting in the remote
execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the FontForge
process, or a Denial of Service (application crash).

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All FontForge users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot -v ">=media-gfx/fontforge-20110222-r1"

NOTE: This is a legacy GLSA. Updates for all affected architectures are
available since October 12, 2011. It is likely that your system is
already no longer affected by this issue.

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2010-4259
http://nvd.nist.gov/nvd.cfm?cvename=CVE-2010-4259

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-201201-08.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
https://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2012 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/2.5



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