USN-1884-1: LibRaw vulnerability

18 June 2013

libraw vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 13.04
  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • libraw - raw image decoder library


It was discovered that LibRaw incorrectly handled broken full-color images. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted raw image, applications linked against LibRaw could be made to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.04
libraw5 - 0.14.7-0ubuntu1.13.04.1
Ubuntu 12.10
libraw5 - 0.14.7-0ubuntu1.12.10.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
libraw5 - 0.14.4-0ubuntu2.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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