Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : Pillow regression (USN-3090-2)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 93827


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USN-3090-1 fixed vulnerabilities in Pillow. The patch to fix CVE-2014-9601 caused a regression which resulted in failures when processing certain png images. This update temporarily reverts the security fix for CVE-2014-9601 pending further investigation.

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It was discovered that a flaw in processing a compressed text chunk in a PNG image could cause the image to have a large size when decompressed, potentially leading to a denial of service.

Andrew Drake discovered that Pillow incorrectly validated input. A remote attacker could use this to cause Pillow to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2014-3589)

Eric Soroos discovered that Pillow incorrectly handled certain malformed FLI, Tiff, and PhotoCD files. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause Pillow to crash, resulting in a denial of service.
(CVE-2016-0740, CVE-2016-0775, CVE-2016-2533).

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 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 93827

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3090-2.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/10/03

Modified: 2016/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

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


Base Score: 6.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:N

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python-imaging, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python-pil, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python3-imaging, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python3-pil, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04

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: 2016/09/30

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3589, CVE-2014-9601, CVE-2016-0740, CVE-2016-0775, CVE-2016-2533

OSVDB: 116760

USN: 3090-2