Bug 666313 (CVE-2010-2640) - CVE-2010-2640 evince: Array index errror in DVI file PK font parser
Summary: CVE-2010-2640 evince: Array index errror in DVI file PK font parser
Alias: CVE-2010-2640
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
QA Contact:
Depends On: 666323 666324 667573 680005
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-12-30 04:45 UTC by Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala
Modified: 2023-05-11 16:34 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2012-08-03 08:28:50 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)

System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2011:0009 0 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Moderate: evince security update 2011-01-06 18:28:15 UTC

Description Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2010-12-30 04:45:43 UTC
An array index error in the parser for PK font files, which is used for rendering DVI files, in the GNOME evince document viewer can lead to local or remote code execution. Due to insufficient bounds checks when writing to elements in an array, it's possible to overwrite the address of a function pointer, leading to possible arbitrary code execution.

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures assigned an identifier CVE-2010-2640 to this issue.

The vulnerability is present in the code that handles loading of fonts used by DVI files.To exploit you need two files, a DVI file and the malicious font.
The vulnerability is triggered not only by opening the document in evince, but also by browsing to a folder which contains the malicious files, where evince thumbnailer will load the malicious file to generate a thumbnail for it.


Red Hat would like to thank the Evince development team for reporting this issue. Upstream acknowledges Jon Larimer of IBM X-Force as the original reporter.

Comment 5 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2011-01-06 03:02:44 UTC
Created evince tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 667573]

Comment 6 errata-xmlrpc 2011-01-06 18:28:21 UTC
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Via RHSA-2011:0009 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2011-0009.html

Comment 8 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2011-01-12 04:02:10 UTC

This issue did not affect the versions of evince as shipped with Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 5.

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