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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2008.0402 -- [UNIX/Linux][RedHat]
Important: poppler security update
18 April 2008
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Publisher: Red Hat
Operating System: Red Hat Linux 5
UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
CVE Names: CVE-2008-1693
Original Bulletin: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2008-0239.html
Comment: This advisory references vulnerabilities in products which run on
platforms other than Red Hat. It is recommended that administrators
running poppler check for an updated version of the software for
their operating system
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Red Hat Security Advisory
Synopsis: Important: poppler security update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2008:0239-01
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2008-0239.html
Issue date: 2008-04-17
CVE Names: CVE-2008-1693
Updated poppler packages that fix a security issue are now available for
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.
2. Relevant releases/architectures:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client) - i386, x86_64
RHEL Desktop Workstation (v. 5 client) - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server) - i386, ia64, ppc, s390x, x86_64
Poppler is a PDF rendering library, used by applications such as Evince.
Kees Cook discovered a flaw in the way poppler displayed malformed fonts
embedded in PDF files. An attacker could create a malicious PDF file that
would cause applications that use poppler -- such as Evince -- to crash,
or, potentially, execute arbitrary code when opened. (CVE-2008-1693)
Users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain
backported patches to resolve this issue.
Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied.
This update is available via Red Hat Network. Details on how to use
the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
5. Bugs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):
6. Package List:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client):
RHEL Desktop Workstation (v. 5 client):
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server):
These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key and
details on how to verify the signature are available from
The Red Hat security contact is <firstname.lastname@example.org>. More contact
details at https://www.redhat.com/security/team/contact/
Copyright 2008 Red Hat, Inc.
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