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USN-2815-1: libpng vulnerabilities

19 November 2015

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

Releases

Packages

  • libpng - PNG (Portable Network Graphics) file library

Details

Mikulas Patocka discovered that libpng incorrectly handled certain large
fields. If a user or automated system using libpng were tricked into
opening a specially crafted image, an attacker could exploit this to cause
libpng to crash, leading to a denial of service. This issue only affected
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. (CVE-2012-3425)

Qixue Xiao discovered that libpng incorrectly handled certain time values.
If a user or automated system using libpng were tricked into opening a
specially crafted image, an attacker could exploit this to cause libpng to
crash, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2015-7981)

It was discovered that libpng incorrectly handled certain small bit-depth
values. If a user or automated system using libpng were tricked into
opening a specially crafted image, an attacker could exploit this to cause
a denial of service or execute code with the privileges of the user
invoking the program. (CVE-2015-8126)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 15.10
Ubuntu 15.04
Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04

After a standard system update you need to restart your session to make
all the necessary changes.