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iDefense Security Advisory 06.13.07: Multiple Vendor libexif Integer Overflow Heap Corruption Vulnerability
From: iDefense Labs <labs-no-reply () idefense com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 11:59:55 -0400
Multiple Vendor libexif Integer Overflow Heap Corruption Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 06.13.07
Jun 13, 2007
Exchangeable image file format (Exif) is an industry standard image
tagging technology used by many digital camera devices. libexif is an
open source library for handling the Exif format. More information can
be found at the URLs shown below.
Remote exploitation of a integer overflow vulnerability in libexif, as
included in various vendors' operating system distributions, could
allow attackers to crash the process or execute arbitrary code.
The problem exists while parsing a tagged image with a large number of
Exif components. Applications using this library are susceptible to a
heap overflow when an integer overflow is triggered in the
Exploitation requires that a targeted user process a malicious image
using one of several available tools that utilize libexif for Exif tag
parsing. These tools include, but are not limited to, several
applications included in the GNOME and KDE desktops.
iDefense confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in versions
0.6.13 through 0.6.15 of libexif.
iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The libexif maintainers have released version 0.6.16 of libexif to
address this vulnerability.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2006-4168 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
08/16/2006 Initial vendor notification
06/05/2007 Second vendor notification
06/11/2007 Initial vendor response
06/13/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was discovered by Sean Larsson (iDefense Labs).
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