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Gnumeric: Heap overflow in the included PCRE library


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200509-02 / Gnumeric
Release Date September 03, 2005
Latest Revision September 03, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-office/gnumeric < 1.4.3-r2 >= 1.4.3-r2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #104010


Gnumeric is vulnerable to a heap overflow, possibly leading to the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


The Gnumeric spreadsheet is a versatile application developed as part of the GNOME Office project. libpcre is a library providing functions for Perl-compatible regular expressions.


Gnumeric contains a private copy of libpcre which is subject to an integer overflow leading to a heap overflow (see GLSA 200508-17).


An attacker could potentially exploit this vulnerability by tricking a user into opening a specially crafted spreadsheet, which could lead to the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Gnumeric.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Gnumeric users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-office/gnumeric-1.4.3-r2"

4.  References


Page updated September 03, 2005

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