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pdftohtml: Vulnerabilities in included Xpdf


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200502-10 / pdftohtml
Release Date February 09, 2005
Latest Revision February 09, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-text/pdftohtml < 0.36-r3 >= 0.36-r3 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #78629


pdftohtml includes vulnerable Xpdf code to handle PDF files, making it vulnerable to execution of arbitrary code upon converting a malicious PDF file.

2.  Impact Information


pdftohtml is a utility to convert PDF files to HTML or XML formats. It makes use of Xpdf code to decode PDF files.


Xpdf is vulnerable to a buffer overflow, as described in GLSA 200501-28.


An attacker could entice a user to convert a specially-crafted PDF file, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the rights of the user running pdftohtml.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All pdftohtml users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-text/pdftohtml-0.36-r3"

4.  References


Page updated February 09, 2005

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