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Published: 20 May 2019

When FreeImage 3.18.0 reads a special TIFF file, the TIFFReadDirectory function in PluginTIFF.cpp always returns 1, leading to stack exhaustion.

From the Ubuntu Security Team

It was discovered that FreeImage incorrectly processed images under certain circumstances. If a user were tricked into opening a crafted TIFF file, a remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a stack exhaustion condition, resulting in a denial of service attack.



Cvss 3 Severity Score


Score breakdown


Package Release Status
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Released (3.17.0+ds1-5+deb9u1build0.18.04.1)
cosmic Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
disco Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
eoan Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
focal Needed

groovy Not vulnerable
hirsute Not vulnerable
impish Not vulnerable
jammy Not vulnerable
kinetic Not vulnerable
lunar Not vulnerable
Released (3.15.4-3ubuntu0.1+esm2)
upstream Needs triage

xenial Needs triage

Severity score breakdown

Parameter Value
Base score 6.5
Attack vector Network
Attack complexity Low
Privileges required None
User interaction Required
Scope Unchanged
Confidentiality None
Integrity impact None
Availability impact High
Vector CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H