Scientific Linux Security Update : libtiff on SL5.x, SL6.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 61296


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


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: 61296

File Name: sl_20120410_libtiff_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2014/08/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2012/04/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-1173