USN-372-1: imagemagick vulnerability

1 November 2006

imagemagick vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
  • Ubuntu 5.10
  • Ubuntu 5.04

Software Description


M. Joonas Pihlaja discovered that ImageMagick did not sufficiently verify the validity of PALM and DCM images. When processing a specially crafted image with an application that uses imagemagick, this could be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the application’s privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 6.10
libmagick9 - 7:
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
libmagick9 - 6:
Ubuntu 5.10
libmagick6 - 6:
Ubuntu 5.04
libmagick6 - 6:

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes.