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Poppler: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200807-04 / poppler
Release Date July 08, 2008
Latest Revision July 08, 2008: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-text/poppler < 0.6.3-r1 >= 0.6.3-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #229931


Poppler is affected by a memory management issue, which could lead to the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


Poppler is a cross-platform PDF rendering library originally based on Xpdf.


Felipe Andres Manzano reported a memory management issue in the Page class constructor/destructor.


A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted PDF file with a Poppler-based PDF viewer such as Gentoo's Xpdf, Epdfview, or Evince, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All poppler users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-text/poppler-0.6.3-r1"

4.  References


Page updated July 08, 2008

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