Updated freetype packages that fix several security flaws are now available
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.
FreeType is a free, high-quality, and portable font engine.
Chris Evans discovered several integer underflow and overflow flaws in the
FreeType font engine. If a user loads a carefully crafted font file with a
program linked against FreeType, it could cause the application to crash or
execute arbitrary code as the user. While it is uncommon for a user to
explicitly load a font file, there are several application file formats
which contain embedded fonts that are parsed by FreeType. (CVE-2006-0747,
A NULL pointer dereference flaw was found in the FreeType font engine. An
application linked against FreeType can crash upon loading a malformed font
Users of FreeType should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain
backported patches to correct these issues.