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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2861-1

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2861-1
Posted Jan 7, 2016
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 2861-1 - It was discovered that libpng incorrectly handled certain small bit-depth values. If a user or automated system using libpng were tricked into opening a specially crafted image, an attacker could exploit this to cause a denial of service or execute code with the privileges of the user invoking the program. Qixue Xiao and Chen Yu discovered that libpng incorrectly handled certain malformed images. If a user or automated system using libpng were tricked into opening a specially crafted image, an attacker could exploit this to cause a denial of service. Various other issues were also addressed.

tags | advisory, denial of service
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2015-8472, CVE-2015-8540
SHA-256 | 250edfc00fe008bf19be3780c5c89d17689a5a31fbb5f607cd428f829750e1fa

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2861-1

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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2861-1
January 06, 2016

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

- Ubuntu 15.10
- Ubuntu 15.04
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary:

libpng could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a
specially crafted file.

Software Description:
- libpng: PNG (Portable Network Graphics) file library

Details:

It was discovered that libpng incorrectly handled certain small bit-depth
values. If a user or automated system using libpng were tricked into
opening a specially crafted image, an attacker could exploit this to cause
a denial of service or execute code with the privileges of the user
invoking the program. (CVE-2015-8472)

Qixue Xiao and Chen Yu discovered that libpng incorrectly handled certain
malformed images. If a user or automated system using libpng were tricked
into opening a specially crafted image, an attacker could exploit this to
cause a denial of service. (CVE-2015-8540)

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
package versions:

Ubuntu 15.10:
libpng12-0 1.2.51-0ubuntu3.15.10.2

Ubuntu 15.04:
libpng12-0 1.2.51-0ubuntu3.15.04.2

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
libpng12-0 1.2.50-1ubuntu2.14.04.2

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
libpng12-0 1.2.46-3ubuntu4.2

After a standard system update you need to restart your session to make
all the necessary changes.

References:
http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-2861-1
CVE-2015-8472, CVE-2015-8540

Package Information:
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libpng/1.2.51-0ubuntu3.15.10.2
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libpng/1.2.51-0ubuntu3.15.04.2
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libpng/1.2.50-1ubuntu2.14.04.2
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libpng/1.2.46-3ubuntu4.2
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