USN-3838-1: LibRaw vulnerabilities

6 December 2018

libraw vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 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 photo files. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted photo file, a remote attacker could cause applications linked against LibRaw 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 18.04 LTS
libraw16 - 0.18.8-1ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
libraw15 - 0.17.1-1ubuntu0.4
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libraw9 - 0.15.4-1ubuntu0.3

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.