GLSA 200503-17: libexif: Buffer overflow vulnerability
Posted on: 03/13/2005 04:35 AM

A libexif security update has been released for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200503-17
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: libexif: Buffer overflow vulnerability
Date: March 12, 2005
Bugs: #84076
ID: 200503-17

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Synopsis
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libexif fails to validate certain inputs, making it vulnerable to buffer overflows.

Background
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libexif is a library for parsing, editing and saving EXIF data.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 media-libs/libexif lt; 0.5.12-r1 gt;= 0.5.12-r1

Description
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libexif contains a buffer overflow vulnerability in the EXIF tag validation code. When opening an image with a specially crafted EXIF tag, the lack of validation can cause applications linked to libexif to crash.

Impact
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A specially crafted EXIF file could crash applications making use of libexif, potentially allowing the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All libexif users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=media-libs/libexif-0.5.12-r1"

References
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[ 1 ] CAN-2005-0664
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-0664

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200503-17.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0


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