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Multiple Vendor libwpd Multiple Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities



libwpd is a C++ library used to decode and encode word perfect documents. It is commonly used as a plug-in in word processing utilities such as Open Office and Abiword. For more information please visit the following URL.



Remote exploitation of multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities in libwpd, as included in various vendors' operating system distributions, could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

One problem specifically exists in the WP6GeneralTextPacket::_readContents function. This function reads in a series of integer values and sums them. This sum is then used to allocate a block of memory from the heap. The function then copies data from the file into the buffer using each operand from the addition as the number of bytes to copy. The summing operation leads to an integer overflow, and the buffer can then be overflowed by the copy operations.

Two additional problems exist in the WP3TablesGroup::_readContents() and WP5DefinitionGroup_DefineTablesSubGroup::WP5DefinitionGroup_DefineTablesSubGroup() functions. These functions read an integer value from an attacker supplied file, and uses the value as a loop counter. In the loop a statically sized buffer is filled with arbitrary data from the file. This leads to an exploitable heap overflow.


Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities requires an attacker to persuade a user into opening a specially crafted Wordperfect (WPD) document. If successful, the attacker could execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the victim.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in libwpd version 0.8.7. Previous versions may also be affected. This library is used by applications such as Abiword, Kword, and Open Office.


iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue.


The libwpd maintainers have addressed these vulnerabilities with the release of version 0.8.9.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2007-0002 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.


01/11/2007 Initial vendor notification
01/12/2007 Initial vendor response
03/16/2007 Coordinated public disclosure


The first issue described was reported to iDefense by an anonymous researcher. Further analysis by Sean Larsson (iDefense Labs) lead to the discovery of additional problems.

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