USN-1028-1: ImageMagick vulnerability

7 December 2010

imagemagick vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 10.10
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 9.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS


Software Description

  • imagemagick


It was discovered that ImageMagick would search for configuration files in the current directory. If a user were tricked into opening or processing an image in an arbitrary directory, a local attacker could execute arbitrary code with the user’s privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 10.10
imagemagick - 7:
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
imagemagick - 7:
Ubuntu 9.10
imagemagick - 7:
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
imagemagick - 7:

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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