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1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200710-24 / openoffice
Release Date October 23, 2007
Latest Revision October 23, 2007: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-office/openoffice < 2.3.0 >= 2.3.0 All supported architectures
app-office/openoffice-bin < 2.3.0 >= 2.3.0 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #192818


A heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability has been discovered in, allowing for the remote execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information

Background is an open source office productivity suite, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, data charting, formula editing, and file conversion facilities.


iDefense Labs reported that the TIFF parsing code uses untrusted values to calculate buffer sizes, which can lead to an integer overflow resulting in heap-based buffer overflow.


A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted document, possibly leading to execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-office/openoffice-2.3.0"

All binary users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.2: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-office/openoffice-bin-2.3.0"

4.  References


Page updated October 23, 2007

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