Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / 10.04 LTS / 11.10 / 12.04 LTS : tiff vulnerability (USN-1655-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 63164


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


It was discovered that LibTIFF incorrectly handled certain malformed images using the DOTRANGE tag. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a specially crafted TIFF image, a remote attacker could crash the application, leading to a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code with user privileges.

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 libtiff4 package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 63164

File Name: ubuntu_USN-1655-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.7 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/12/06

Modified: 2016/05/25

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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libtiff4, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:11.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/12/05

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-5581

BID: 56715

OSVDB: 88155

USN: 1655-1