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FreeType vulnerability

  • Vendor: Ubuntu
  • Vendor ID: USN-3263-1
  • Date: April 21, 2017

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3263-1
April 21, 2017

freetype vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- Ubuntu 17.04
- Ubuntu 16.10
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


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

Software Description:
- freetype: FreeType 2 is a font engine library


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.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 17.04:
libfreetype6 2.6.3-3ubuntu2.1

Ubuntu 16.10:
libfreetype6 2.6.3-3ubuntu1.2

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
libfreetype6 2.6.1-0.1ubuntu2.2

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
libfreetype6 2.5.2-1ubuntu2.7

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
libfreetype6 2.4.8-1ubuntu2.5

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


Package Information:

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