RHEL 5 / 6 : libtiff (RHSA-2012:0468)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 58675


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


Updated libtiff packages that fix two security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having important security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

The libtiff packages contain a library of functions for manipulating Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) files.

Two integer overflow flaws, leading to heap-based buffer overflows, were found in the way libtiff attempted to allocate space for a tile in a TIFF image file. An attacker could use these flaws to create a specially crafted TIFF file that, when opened, would cause an application linked against libtiff to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2012-1173)

All libtiff users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve these issues. All running applications linked against libtiff must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 58675

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2012-0468.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/04/11

Modified: 2017/01/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libtiff, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libtiff-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libtiff-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libtiff-static, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.2

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/04/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-1173

BID: 52891

OSVDB: 81025

RHSA: 2012:0468