Multiple vulnerabilities

ID GLSA-200607-12
Type gentoo
Reporter Gentoo Foundation
Modified 2006-07-28T00:00:00


Background is an open source office productivity suite, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, data charting, formula editing, and file conversion facilities.


Internal security audits by have discovered three security vulnerabilities related to Java applets, macros and the XML file format parser.

  • Specially crafted Java applets can break through the "sandbox".
  • Specially crafted macros make it possible to inject BASIC code into documents which is executed when the document is loaded.
  • Loading a malformed XML file can cause a buffer overflow.


An attacker might exploit these vulnerabilities to escape the Java sandbox, execute arbitrary code or BASIC code with the permissions of the user running


Disabling Java applets will protect against the vulnerability in the handling of Java applets. There are no workarounds for the macro and file format vulnerabilities.


All users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-office/openoffice-2.0.3"