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Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200812-13 / openoffice openoffice-bin
Release Date December 12, 2008
Latest Revision December 12, 2008: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable local, remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-office/openoffice < 3.0.0 >= 3.0.0 All supported architectures
app-office/openoffice-bin < 3.0.0 >= 3.0.0 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #235824, #244995


Multiple vulnerabilities in might allow for user-assisted execution of arbitrary code or symlink attacks.

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.


Two heap-based buffer overflows when processing WMF files (CVE-2008-2237) and EMF files (CVE-2008-2238) were discovered. Dmitry E. Oboukhov also reported an insecure temporary file usage within the senddoc script (CVE-2008-4937).


A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted document, resulting in the remote execution of arbitrary code. A local attacker could perform symlink attacks to overwrite arbitrary files on the system. Both cases happen with the privileges of the user running the application.

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-3.0.0"

All binary users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.2: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-office/openoffice-bin-3.0.0"

4.  References


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