Debian Security Advisory

DSA-1548-1 xpdf -- several vulnerabilities

Date Reported:
17 Apr 2008
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2008-1693.
More information:

Kees Cook discovered a vulnerability in xpdf, a set of tools for display and conversion of Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problem:

  • CVE-2008-1693

    Xpdf's handling of embedded fonts lacks sufficient validation and type checking. If a maliciously crafted PDF file is opened, the vulnerability may allow the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running xpdf.

For the stable distribution (etch), these problems have been fixed in version 3.01-9.1+etch4.

For the unstable distribution (sid), these problems have been fixed in version 3.02-1.2.

We recommend that you upgrade your xpdf package.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (etch)

Architecture-independent component:
HP Precision:
Intel IA-32:
Intel IA-64:
Big-endian MIPS:
IBM S/390:

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.