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Multiple Vendor LibTIFF 3.9.2 Stack Buffer Overflow Vulnerability



libTIFF is a free and popular image library that provides support for displaying and manipulating Tag Image File Format (TIFF) image data. This library is used by numerous applications and is included in various vendor operating system distributions. For more information, see the vendor's site found at the following link:


Remote exploitation of a stack buffer overflow vulnerability in version 3.9.2 of LibTIFF, as included in various vendors' operating system distributions, could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.

This vulnerability is due to insufficient bounds checking when copying data into a stack allocated buffer. During the processing of a certain EXIF tag a fixed sized stack buffer is used as a destination location for a memory copy. This memory copy can cause the bounds of a stack buffer to be overflown and this condition may lead to arbitrary code execution.


Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user. In order to exploit this vulnerability, a user must load a web page containing a specially crafted TIFF image. An attacker typically accomplishes this via social engineering or injecting content into compromised, trusted sites. Typical social engineering attacks will pass URLs as part of instant messages or electronic mail.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in version 3.9.2 of libTIFF. Previous versions are not affected.


iDefense is currently unaware of any workaround for this issue.


Multiple vendors have released patches to address this issue. Information about downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking on the URL shown.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2010-2067 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardizes names for security problems.


05/27/2010 Initial Vendor Notification
05/27/2010 Initial Vendor Reply
06/21/2010 Coordinated Public Disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Dan Rosenberg.

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