Debian Security Advisory

DLA-2901-1 libxfont -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
25 Jan 2022
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2017-16611.
More information:

An issue has been found in libxfont, an X11 font rasterisation library. By creating symlinks, a local attacker can open (but not read) local files as user root. This might create unwanted actions with special files like /dev/watchdog.

For Debian 9 stretch, this problem has been fixed in version 1:2.0.1-3+deb9u2.

We recommend that you upgrade your libxfont packages.

For the detailed security status of libxfont please refer to its security tracker page at:

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