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RHSA-2005-059: xpdf Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the xpdf packages

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

Updated Xpdf package that fixes a stack based buffer overflow security
is now available.

Xpdf is an X Window System based viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF)

A buffer overflow flaw was found when processing the /Encrypt /Length tag.
A possible hacker could construct a carefully crafted PDF file that could cause
Xpdf to crash or possibly execute arbitrary code when opened. The Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned the name
CVE-2005-0064 to this issue.

Red Hat believes that the Exec-Shield technology (enabled by default since
Update 3) will block attempts to exploit this vulnerability on x86

All users of the Xpdf package should upgrade to this updated package,
which resolves this issue

Solution :
Threat Level: High

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