USN-4270-1: Exiv2 vulnerability

5 February 2020

exiv2 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 19.10
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS


Exiv2 could be made to crash if it opened a specially crafted image.

Software Description

  • exiv2 - EXIF/IPTC/XMP metadata manipulation tool


It was discovered that Exiv2 incorrectly handled certain images. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 19.10
exiv2 - 0.25-4ubuntu2.2
libexiv2-14 - 0.25-4ubuntu2.2
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
exiv2 - 0.25-3.1ubuntu0.18.04.5
libexiv2-14 - 0.25-3.1ubuntu0.18.04.5
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
exiv2 - 0.25-2.1ubuntu16.04.6
libexiv2-14 - 0.25-2.1ubuntu16.04.6

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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