AbiWord: New RTF import buffer overflows — GLSA 200510-17

AbiWord is vulnerable to an additional set of buffer overflows during RTF import, making it vulnerable to the execution of arbitrary code.

Affected Packages

app-office/abiword on all architectures
Affected versions < 2.2.11
Unaffected versions >= 2.2.11

Background

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

Description

Chris Evans discovered a different set of buffer overflows than the one described in GLSA 200509-20 in the RTF import function in AbiWord.

Impact

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

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All AbiWord users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-office/abiword-2.2.11"

References

Release Date
October 20, 2005

Latest Revision
October 20, 2005: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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