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Article ID : 1000054.1
Article Type : Sun Alerts (SURE)
Last reviewed : 2008-09-07
Audience : PUBLIC
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Security Vulnerability in GIMP(1) May Lead to Denial of Service (DoS) or Execution of Arbitrary Code


Release Phase

Solaris 9 Operating System
Solaris 10 Operating System

Bug Id

Date of Workaround Release

Date of Resolved Release

A security vulnerability in the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) (see below for details)

1. Impact

A security vulnerability in the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) may allow a remote unprivileged user to cause a Denial of Service (DoS) to the GIMP application or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of a local user when that local user loads an XCF image file supplied by an untrusted source.

This issue is described in the following document:

2. Contributing Factors

This issue can occur in the following releases:

SPARC Platform

  • Solaris 10 without patch 122212-18

x86 Platform

  • Solaris 10 without patch 122213-18

Note: Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 on the SPARC Platform and Solaris 8 on the x86 Platform are not affected by this issue.

3. Symptoms

There are no reliable symptoms that would show the described issues have been exploited.

4. Workaround

To avoid this issue, do not load images from untrusted sources.

5. Resolution

This issue is addressed in the following releases:

SPARC Platform

  • Solaris 10 with patch 122212-18 or later

x86 Platform

  • Solaris 10 with patch 122213-18 or later

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