RHEL 3 : libpng (RHSA-2004:249)

High Nessus Plugin ID 12507


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated libpng packages that fix a possible buffer overflow are now available.

The libpng package contains a library of functions for creating and manipulating PNG (Portable Network Graphics) image format files.

During an audit of Red Hat Linux updates, the Fedora Legacy team found a security issue in libpng that had not been fixed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3. An attacker could carefully craft a PNG file in such a way that it would cause an application linked to libpng to crash or potentially execute arbitrary code when opened by a victim.

Note: this issue does not affect Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1

Users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages that contain a backported security fix and are not vulnerable to this issue.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 12507

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2004-249.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.21 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2004/07/06

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libpng, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libpng-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libpng10, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libpng10-devel, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Patch Publication Date: 2004/06/18

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2002/12/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-1363

OSVDB: 7191

RHSA: 2004:249