USN-2722-1: GDK-PixBuf vulnerability

26 August 2015

gdk-pixbuf vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 15.04
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • gdk-pixbuf - GDK Pixbuf library


Gustavo Grieco discovered that GDK-PixBuf incorrectly handled scaling bitmap images. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a BMP image file, a remote attacker could use this flaw to cause GDK-PixBuf 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 15.04
libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 - 2.31.3-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 - 2.30.7-0ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 - 2.26.1-1ubuntu1.2

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.