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AbiWord: RTF import stack-based buffer overflow


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200509-20 / AbiWord
Release Date September 30, 2005
Latest Revision September 30, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-office/abiword < 2.2.10 >= 2.2.10 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #107351


AbiWord is vulnerable to a stack-based buffer overflow during RTF import, making it vulnerable to the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


AbiWord is a free and cross-platform word processing program. It allows to import RTF files into AbiWord documents.


Chris Evans discovered that the RTF import function in AbiWord is vulnerable to a stack-based buffer overflow.


An attacker could design a malicious RTF file and entice the user to import it in AbiWord, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the rights of the user running AbiWord.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All AbiWord users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-office/abiword-2.2.10"

4.  References


Page updated September 30, 2005

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