Ubuntu 4.10 : tiff vulnerability (USN-54-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 20672


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Dmitry V. Levin discovered a buffer overflow in the 'tiffdump' utility. If an attacker tricked a user into processing a malicious TIFF image with tiffdump, they could cause a buffer overflow which at least causes the program to crash. However, it is not entirely clear whether this can be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user opening the image.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected libtiff-tools, libtiff4 and / or libtiff4-dev packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 20672

File Name: ubuntu_USN-54-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/01/15

Modified: 2016/05/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5.1

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libtiff-tools, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libtiff4, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libtiff4-dev, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:4.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 2005/01/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-1183

USN: 54-1