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Re: [SECURITY] [DSA 2468-1] libjakarta-poi-java security update
From: Yegor Kozlov <yegor.kozlov () dinom ru>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 17:47:32 +0400


An explanation of this bug was sent to security () apache org on 1st March,
but unfortuntaly it wasn't cc'd to the original reporter (Florian Weimer).

Please find the answer below.

The POI team believes that it is a regular bug rather than a security issue.

The problem happens when parsing a binary MS Word document and support
for MS Word has been greatly improved since the version 3.7.

The recommended solutions are (in the order of preference):

 -Try our latest release POI-3.8. There is a good chance the
problem is already fixed.
 - If the problem is still there, please create a new Bugzilla
entry and supply more information: the stack trace, the problematic
file that triggers OutOfMemoryError and any other details that may
help us to fix it.

The Apache Bugzilla tracker is avaiable at https://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/

Yegor Kozlov

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Debian Security Advisory DSA-2468-1                   security at debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/                            Florian Weimer
May 09, 2012                           http://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package        : libjakarta-poi-java
Vulnerability  : unbounded memory allocation
Problem type   : local
Debian-specific: no
CVE ID         : CVE-2012-0213

It was discovered that Apache POI, a Java implementation of the
Microsoft Office file formats, would allocate arbitrary amounts of
memory when processing crafted documents.  This could impact the
stability of the Java virtual machine.

For the stable distribution (squeeze), this problem has been fixed in
version 3.6+dfsg-1+squeeze1.

We recommend that you upgrade your libjakarta-poi-java packages.

Further information about Debian Security Advisories, how to apply
these updates to your system and frequently asked questions can be
found at: http://www.debian.org/security/

Mailing list: debian-security-announce at lists.debian.org
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