USN-801-1: tiff vulnerability

13 July 2009

tiff vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • tiff


Tielei Wang and Tom Lane discovered that the TIFF library did not correctly handle certain malformed TIFF images. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a malicious image, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 9.04
libtiff4 - 3.8.2-11ubuntu0.9.04.3
Ubuntu 8.10
libtiff4 - 3.8.2-11ubuntu0.8.10.3
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
libtiff4 - 3.8.2-7ubuntu3.4
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
libtiff4 - 3.7.4-1ubuntu3.6

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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