Inkscape: Buffer overflow — GLSA 200511-22

A vulnerability has been identified that allows a specially crafted SVG file to exploit a buffer overflow and potentially execute arbitrary code when opened.

Affected Packages

media-gfx/inkscape on all architectures
Affected versions < 0.43
Unaffected versions >= 0.43

Background

Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Description

Joxean Koret has discovered that Inkscape incorrectly allocates memory when opening an SVG file, creating the possibility of a buffer overflow if the SVG file being opened is specially crafted.

Impact

An attacker could entice a user into opening a maliciously crafted SVG file, allowing for the execution of arbitrary code on a machine with the privileges of the user running Inkscape.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Inkscape users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-gfx/inkscape-0.43"

References

Release Date
November 28, 2005

Latest Revision
November 28, 2005: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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