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XV: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200504-17 / xv
Release Date April 19, 2005
Latest Revision April 19, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
media-gfx/xv < 3.10a-r11 >= 3.10a-r11 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #88742


Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in XV, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


XV is an interactive image manipulation program for the X Window System.


Greg Roelofs has reported multiple input validation errors in XV image decoders. Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team has reported insufficient validation in the PDS (Planetary Data System) image decoder, format string vulnerabilities in the TIFF and PDS decoders, and insufficient protection from shell meta-characters in malformed filenames.


Successful exploitation would require a victim to view a specially created image file using XV, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All XV users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-gfx/xv-3.10a-r11"


Page updated April 19, 2005

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