X Font Server: Multiple Vulnerabilities — GLSA 200710-11

Three vulnerabilities have been discovered in the X Font Server possibly allowing local attackers to gain elevated privileges.

Affected packages

x11-apps/xfs on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.0.5
Unaffected versions >= 1.0.5


The X.Org X11 X Font Server provides a standard mechanism for an X server to communicate with a font renderer.


iDefense reported that the xfs init script does not correctly handle a race condition when setting permissions of a temporary file (CVE-2007-3103). Sean Larsson discovered an integer overflow vulnerability in the build_range() function possibly leading to a heap-based buffer overflow when handling "QueryXBitmaps" and "QueryXExtents" protocol requests (CVE-2007-4568). Sean Larsson also discovered an error in the swap_char2b() function possibly leading to a heap corruption when handling the same protocol requests (CVE-2007-4990).


The first issue would allow a local attacker to change permissions of arbitrary files to be world-writable by performing a symlink attack. The second and third issues would allow a local attacker to execute arbitrary code with privileges of the user running the X Font Server, usually xfs.


There is no known workaround at this time.


All X Font Server users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=x11-apps/xfs-1.0.5"


Release date
October 12, 2007

Latest revision
October 12, 2007: 01



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