USN-478-1: libexif vulnerability

27 June 2007

libexif vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description


Sean Larsson discovered that libexif did not correctly verify the size of EXIF components. By tricking a user into opening an image with specially crafted EXIF headers, a remote attacker could cause the application using libexif to execute arbitrary code with user privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.04
libexif12 - 0.6.13-5ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 6.10
libexif12 - 0.6.13-4ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
libexif12 - 0.6.12-2ubuntu0.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart your session to effect the necessary changes.