USN-1214-1: GIMP vulnerability

22 September 2011

gimp vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 11.04
  • Ubuntu 10.10
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


GIMP could be made to run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted GIF file.

Software Description

  • gimp - The GNU Image Manipulation Program


Tomas Hoger discovered that GIMP incorrectly handled malformed LZW streams. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted GIF image file, an attacker could cause GIMP to crash, or possibly 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 11.04
gimp - 2.6.11-1ubuntu6.2
Ubuntu 10.10
gimp - 2.6.10-1ubuntu3.4
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
gimp - 2.6.8-2ubuntu1.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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