USN-1544-1: ImageMagick vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1544-1

22nd August, 2012

imagemagick vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 11.04
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


ImageMagick could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software description

  • imagemagick - Image manipulation programs and library


Tom Lane discovered that ImageMagick would not always properly allocate
memory. If a user or automated system using ImageMagick were tricked into
opening a specially crafted PNG image, an attacker could exploit this to
cause a denial of service or possibly execute 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 version:

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
libmagick++4 8:
imagemagick 8:
Ubuntu 11.10:
imagemagick 8:
libmagick++3 8:
Ubuntu 11.04:
imagemagick 7:
libmagick++3 7:
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
imagemagick 7:
libmagick++2 7:

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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