Another highly critical image-based, security hole has been found, sparking a flurry of patches from Linux vendors.
Exploitation in GdkPixBuf can be used to caused a denial of service or provide remote system access. There are several vulnerabilities here: one is a variant of the previous discovered Qt hole in bitmap images that can make an application run in an infinite loop.
A second occurs in the "pixbuf_create_from_xpm()" function when decoding XPM images. A specially crafted image can cause a buffer overflow. A third is a boundary error in the "xpm_extract_color()" function, again when decoding XPM images. This can also cause a buffer overlow. And lastly, an input validation error in ICO image decoding can cause an integer overflow, causing a crash.
The holes were first dicovered by Chris Evans of Scary Beasts. If you want to know more, visit his original advisory here.
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