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AbiWord: New RTF import buffer overflows


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200510-17 / AbiWord
Release Date October 20, 2005
Latest Revision October 20, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-office/abiword < 2.2.11 >= 2.2.11 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #109157


AbiWord is vulnerable to an additional set of buffer overflows 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 a different set of buffer overflows than the one described in GLSA 200509-20 in the RTF import function in AbiWord.


An attacker could design a malicious RTF file and entice a 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-2.2.11"

4.  References


Page updated October 20, 2005

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