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USN-1511-1: tiff vulnerability

19 July 2012

tiff2pdf could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.



  • tiff - Tag Image File Format (TIFF) library


Huzaifa Sidhpurwala discovered that the tiff2pdf utility incorrectly
handled certain malformed TIFF images. If a user or automated system were
tricked into opening a specially crafted TIFF image, a remote attacker
could crash the application, leading to a denial of service, or possibly
execute arbitrary code with user privileges.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 8.04
Ubuntu 12.04
Ubuntu 11.10
Ubuntu 11.04
Ubuntu 10.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.