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Denial of service in GNU Aspell

Published: 2019-10-20
Severity Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2019-17544
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Universal components / Libraries / Libraries used by multiple products

Vendor GNU

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one low risk vulnerability.

1) Out-of-bounds read

Severity: Low

CVSSv3: 4.7 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:L/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2019-17544

CWE-ID: CWE-125 - Out-of-bounds Read

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform a denial of service (DoS) attack.

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary condition when processing an isolated character within the acommon::unescape() function in common/getdata.cpp file in GNU Aspell. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted Excel file, trick the victim into opening it, trigger out-of-bounds read error and read contents of memory on the system or crash the application.


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Vulnerable software versions

Aspell: 0.60, 0.60.1, 0.60.2, 0.60.3, 0.60.4, 0.60.5, 0.60.6,, 0.60.7

CPE External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.