USN-1659-1: GIMP vulnerability

10 December 2012

gimp vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • gimp - The GNU Image Manipulation Program


It was discovered that GIMP incorrectly handled malformed XWD files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted XWD 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 12.10
gimp - 2.8.2-1ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
gimp - 2.6.12-1ubuntu1.2
Ubuntu 11.10
gimp - 2.6.11-2ubuntu4.2
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
gimp - 2.6.8-2ubuntu1.6

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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