Fortinet Discovers Xpdf Pdftohtml Use After Free Vulnerability


Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a memory corruption vulnerability in Xpdf Pdftohtml.

Pdftohtml is a free tool within the Xpdf toolkit. It can be used to convert Portable Document Format (PDF) files to HTML so that they can be viewed in a web browser.

A memory corruption vulnerability has been discovered in Xpdf Pdftohtml. The vulnerability exists because Pdftohtml can't correctly parse a crafted PDF file which causes a Use-After-Free. It could allow malicious users to create code execution scenarios.


FortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:

Released Dec 01, 2015

Users should apply the latest Xpdf version provided by FooLabs.


Fortinet reported the vulnerability to FooLabs on December 01, 2015.

FooLabs confirmed the vulnerability on December 01, 2015.


This vulnerability was discovered by Kushal Shah of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

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