USN-3090-1: Pillow vulnerabilities

27 September 2016

Pillow vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Pillow could be made to crash if it received specially crafted input or opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • pillow - Python Imaging Library compatibility layer


It was discovered that a flaw in processing a compressed text chunk in a PNG image could cause the image to have a large size when decompressed, potentially leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2014-9601)

Andrew Drake discovered that Pillow incorrectly validated input. A remote attacker could use this to cause Pillow to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2014-3589)

Eric Soroos discovered that Pillow incorrectly handled certain malformed FLI, Tiff, and PhotoCD files. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause Pillow to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2016-0740, CVE-2016-0775, CVE-2016-2533)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
python-imaging - 2.3.0-1ubuntu3.2
python-pil - 2.3.0-1ubuntu3.2
python3-imaging - 2.3.0-1ubuntu3.2
python3-pil - 2.3.0-1ubuntu3.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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