USN-1949-1: ImageMagick vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1949-1

10th September, 2013

imagemagick vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 13.04
  • Ubuntu 12.10


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


It was discovered that ImageMagick incorrectly handled decoding GIF image
comments. If a user or automated system using ImageMagick were tricked into
opening a specially crafted GIF 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 13.04:
libmagick++5 8:
libmagickcore5 8:
Ubuntu 12.10:
libmagick++5 8:
libmagickcore5 8:

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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