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Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 14:24:57 -0400
From: iDefense Labs <>
Subject: iDefense Security Advisory 06.10.08: Multiple Vendor FreeType2 PFB
 Memory Corruption Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 06.10.08
Jun 10, 2008


FreeType2 is an open source library for parsing fonts that is used by
many applications. This includes projects such as X.Org, Second Life,
and the Sun Java JRE. For more information, please see the vendor's
website at the following URL.


Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability in the
FreeType2 library, as included in various vendors' operating systems,
could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges
of the affected application.

The vulnerability exists within the code responsible for parsing Printer
Font Binary (PFB) format font files. By providing an invalid 'number of
axes' in the file, it is possible to cause the code to call the free()
function on areas of memory that were not dynamically allocated. This
can lead to memory corruption, which can allow for the execution of
arbitrary code.


Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the application using the library. Since
FreeType2 is a library and not a standalone application, the
exploitation vector will vary. iDefense Labs verified that local
privilege escalation was possible via the X.Org Xserver.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in FreeType2
version 2.3.5. Previous versions may also be affected.


iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue.
Changing the permissions on the library may not always be
effective since applications that run with root privileges are not
restricted by file permissions.


The FreeType maintainers addressed this vulnerability with the release
of version 2.3.6. For more information, refer to the release notes at
the following URL.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2008-1807 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


06/03/2008  Initial vendor notification
06/04/2008  Initial vendor response
06/10/2008  Coordinated public disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by regenrecht.

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