Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Important freetype security update

Users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux please be advised of an Important freetype security update that has been identified.
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RHSA-2010:0737-01: Important: freetype security update
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
It was discovered that the FreeType font rendering engine improperly

validated certain position values when processing input streams. If a user

loaded a specially-crafted font file with an application linked against

FreeType, and the relevant font glyphs were subsequently rendered with the

X FreeType library (libXft), it could trigger a heap-based buffer overflow

in the libXft library, causing the application to crash or, possibly,

execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the

application.