FreeType up to 2.4.1 t42_parse_sfnts resource management

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, was found in FreeType (Software Library). Affected is the function t42_parse_sfnts. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a resource management vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-399. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was presented 08/19/2010 by Robert Swiecki (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2010-2806 since 07/22/2010. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. Technical details and a public exploit are known.

The exploit is shared for download at It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 68108 (Oracle Linux 4 / 5 : freetype (ELSA-2010-0737)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Oracle Linux Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 118377 (FreeType Compact Font Format (CFF) Multiple Stack Based Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities).

Upgrading to version 2.1.7 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 2 months after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (61248) and Tenable (68108). See 4156, 4157, 54410 and 54409 for similar entries.





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VulDB Meta Temp Score: 6.6

VulDB Base Score: 7.3
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Class: Resource management
CWE: CWE-399 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
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Nessus ID: 68108
Nessus Name: Oracle Linux 4 / 5 : freetype (ELSA-2010-0737)
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OpenVAS ID: 880435
OpenVAS Name: CentOS Update for freetype CESA-2010:0736 centos3 i386
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Upgrade: FreeType 2.1.7


07/22/2010 🔍
08/06/2010 +15 days 🔍
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08/19/2010 +13 days 🔍
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11/22/2010 +49 days 🔍
07/12/2013 +963 days 🔍
03/19/2015 +615 days 🔍
01/28/2016 +315 days 🔍
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Advisory: RHSA-2010:0737
Researcher: Robert Swiecki
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2010-2806 (🔍)

X-Force: 61248
Vulnerability Center: 56235 - FreeType before 2.4.2 type42/t42parse.c Remote Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability, Medium
SecurityFocus: 42285 - FreeType Stack Buffer Overflow and Memory Corruption Vulnerabilities
Secunia: 40816 - FreeType Multiple Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
Vupen: ADV-2010-2018

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Created: 03/19/2015 02:37 PM
Updated: 09/23/2021 11:38 AM
Changes: 03/19/2015 02:37 PM (75), 07/22/2018 10:12 AM (13), 09/23/2021 11:32 AM (4), 09/23/2021 11:38 AM (1)
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