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[ft-announce] FreeType 2.4.7 has been released

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: [ft-announce] FreeType 2.4.7 has been released
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 14:01:27 +0200 (CEST)

FreeType 2.4.7 has been released.

It is available from


The latter site also holds older versions of the FreeType library.

This is a security update; see below for the relevant snippet from the
CHANGES file.  Users of version 2.4.6 should upgrade immediately if
they process Type 1 PostScript fonts.


PS: It takes up to one day until the FreeType archive files on
    Savannah are available on all GNU mirrors.


FreeType 2  is a software  font engine that  is designed to  be small,
efficient,  highly   customizable,  and  portable   while  capable  of
producing high-quality output (glyph images) of most vector and bitmap
font formats.

Note that  FreeType 2 is  a font service  and doesn't provide  APIs to
perform higher-level features, like text layout or graphics processing
(e.g.,  colored  text  rendering,  `hollowing',  etc.).   However,  it
greatly simplifies these tasks by providing a simple, easy to use, and
uniform interface to access the content of font files.

FreeType  2  is  released  under  two open-source  licenses:  our  own
BSD-like FreeType  License and the  GPL.  It can  thus be used  by any
kind of projects, be they proprietary or not.


CHANGES BETWEEN 2.4.6 and 2.4.7


    - Some  vulnerabilities in handling Type 1 fonts  have been fixed;
      see CVE-2011-3256.


    - FreeType  now properly  handles ZapfDingbats  glyph names  while
      constructing a Unicode character map (for fonts which don't have

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