[VulnWatch] iDEFENSE Security Advisory 01.17.05: Multiple Vendor ImageMagick .psd Image File Decode Heap Overflow Vulnerability

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    Multiple Vendor ImageMagick .psd Image File Decode Heap Overflow

    iDEFENSE Security Advisory 01.17.05
    January 17, 2005


    ImageMagick provides a variety of graphics image-handling libraries and
    capabilities. These libraries are widely used and are shipped by default

    on most Unix and Linux distributions. These libraries are commonly
    installed by default on computers where any other graphical image viewer
    or X Desktop environment is installed (such as Gnome or KDE).

    More information is available at the following site:



    Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in The
    ImageMagick's Project's ImageMagick PSD image-decoding module could
    allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

    A heap overflow exists within ImageMagick, specifically in the decoding
    of Photoshop Document (PSD) files. The vulnerable code follows:


    for (j=0; j < (long) layer_info[i].channels; j++)

    The array channel_info is only 24 elements large, and the loop variable,

    "j", is bounded by a user-supplied value from the image file, thus
    allowing a heap overflow to occur when more than 24 layers are
    specified. If heap structures are overflowed in a controlled way,
    execution of arbitrary code is possible.


    Exploitation may allow attackers to run arbitrary code on a victim's
    computer if the victim opens a specially formatted image. Such images
    could be delivered by e-mail or HTML, in some cases, and would likely
    not raise suspicion on the victim's part. Exploitation is also possible
    when a web-based application uses ImageMagick to process user-uploaded
    image files.


    iDEFENSE has confirmed this vulnerability in ImageMagick 6.1.0 and
    ImageMagick 6.1.7. Earlier versions are also suspected vulnerable.

    The following vendors may include vulnerable ImageMagick packages:
       The Debian Project
       Red Hat, Inc.


    Do not open files from untrusted sources. Do not allow untrusted sources

    to process images using your web application.


    This vulnerability is addressed in ImageMagick 6.1.8-8, available for
    download at:



    The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
    names CAN-2005-0005 to these issues. This is a candidate for inclusion
    in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
    security problems.

    A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
    been assigned yet.


    12/21/2004 Initial vendor notification
    01/14/2004 Initial vendor response
    01/17/2005 Public disclosure


    Andrei Nigmatulin is credited with this discovery.

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