Robert Swiecki reported a buffer overflow flaw in freetype with how it handles certain fonts. This could cause applications linked against freetype to crash or, possibly, lead to the execution of arbitrary code if an attacker were able to get a victim to load a malicious font file.
The affected code is not present in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (freetype 2.1.4). This issue does cause a crash on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.
This issue has been given the name CVE-2010-2499.
Upstream bug reports:
Upstream commits that fix the issue:
Red Hat would like to thank Robert Święcki of the Google Security Team for the
discovery of this issue.
Created freetype tracking bugs for this issue
Affects: fedora-all [bug 613299]
Upstream has released 2.4.0 to correct this issue:
This issue has been addressed in following products:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Via RHSA-2010:0578 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2010-0578.html