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libTIFF: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200908-03 / tiff
Release Date August 07, 2009
Latest Revision August 07, 2009: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
media-libs/tiff < 3.8.2-r8 >= 3.8.2-r8 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #276339, #276988


Multiple boundary checking vulnerabilities in libTIFF may allow for the remote execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


libTIFF provides support for reading and manipulating TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) images.


Two vulnerabilities have been reported in libTIFF:

  • wololo reported a buffer underflow in the LZWDecodeCompat() function (CVE-2009-2285).
  • Tielei Wang of ICST-ERCIS, Peking University reported two integer overflows leading to heap-based buffer overflows in the tiff2rgba and rgb2ycbcr tools (CVE-2009-2347).


A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted TIFF file with an application making use of libTIFF or the tiff2rgba and rgb2ycbcr tools, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All libTIFF users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-libs/tiff-3.8.2-r8"

4.  References


Page updated August 07, 2009

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