RHEL 2.1 / 3 : libpng (RHSA-2004:402)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 14213


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


Updated libpng packages that fix several issues are now available.

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

During a source code audit, Chris Evans discovered several buffer overflows in libpng. An attacker could create a carefully crafted PNG file in such a way that it would cause an application linked with libpng to execute arbitrary code when the file was opened by a victim.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-0597 to these issues.

In addition, this audit discovered a potential NULL pointer dereference in libpng (CVE-2004-0598) and several integer overflow issues (CVE-2004-0599). An attacker could create a carefully crafted PNG file in such a way that it would cause an application linked with libpng to crash when the file was opened by the victim.

Red Hat would like to thank Chris Evans for discovering these issues.

For users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 these patches also include a more complete fix for the out of bounds memory access flaw (CVE-2002-1363).

All users are advised to update to the updated libpng packages which contain backported security patches and are not vulnerable to these issues.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 14213

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2004-402.nasl

Version: 1.31

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/5/2004

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.2


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

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:2.1, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/4/2004

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/26/2002

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-1363, CVE-2004-0597, CVE-2004-0598, CVE-2004-0599

RHSA: 2004:402