GLSA-201701-74 : libpng: Remote execution of arbitrary code

medium Nessus Plugin ID 96860
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VPR Score: 3.6


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201701-74 (libpng: Remote execution of arbitrary code)

A NULL pointer dereference was discovered in libpng in the png_push_save_buffer function. In order to be vulnerable, an application has to load a text chunk into the PNG structure, then delete all text, then add another text chunk to the same PNG structure, which seems to be an unlikely sequence, but it is possible.
Impact :

A remote attacker, by enticing a user to process a specially crafted PNG file, could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the process.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All libpng 1.6.x users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=media-libs/libpng-1.6.27' All libpng 1.5.x users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=media-libs/libpng-1.5.28:1.5' All libpng 1.2.x users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=media-libs/libpng-1.2.57:1.2'

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 96860

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201701-74.nasl

Version: 3.4

Type: local

Published: 1/30/2017

Updated: 1/11/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 3.6

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:libpng, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 1/29/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-10087

GLSA: 201701-74