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Inkscape: Buffer overflow


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200511-22 / Inkscape
Release Date November 28, 2005
Latest Revision November 28, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
media-gfx/inkscape < 0.43 >= 0.43 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #109993


A vulnerability has been identified that allows a specially crafted SVG file to exploit a buffer overflow and potentially execute arbitrary code when opened.

2.  Impact Information


Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.


Joxean Koret has discovered that Inkscape incorrectly allocates memory when opening an SVG file, creating the possibility of a buffer overflow if the SVG file being opened is specially crafted.


An attacker could entice a user into opening a maliciously crafted SVG file, allowing for the execution of arbitrary code on a machine with the privileges of the user running Inkscape.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Inkscape users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-gfx/inkscape-0.43"

4.  References


Page updated November 28, 2005

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