VDB-115977 · CVE-2018-3838 · Qualys 176360

Simple DirectMedia Layer SDL2_image-2.0.2 XCF Image out-of-bounds

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A vulnerability, which was classified as problematic, was found in Simple DirectMedia Layer SDL2_image-2.0.2. This affects an unknown functionality of the component XCF Image Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a out-of-bounds vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-125. The software reads data past the end, or before the beginning, of the intended buffer. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality.

The bug was discovered 04/10/2018. The weakness was disclosed 04/10/2018 (Website). The advisory is shared at debian.org. This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2018-3838 since 01/02/2018. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. It demands that the victim is doing some kind of user interaction. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 109219 (Debian DSA-4177-1 : libsdl2-image - security update), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Debian Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 176360 (Debian Security Update for libsdl2-image (DSA 4177-1)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 2 weeks after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (109219). The entries 115976, 115978, 117021 and 117022 are pretty similar.




  • open-source

CPE 2.3info

CPE 2.2info


VulDB Meta Base Score: 5.4
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 5.3

VulDB Base Score: 4.3
VulDB Temp Score: 4.1
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Class: Out-of-bounds
CWE: CWE-125 / CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Not defined

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Nessus ID: 109219
Nessus Name: Debian DSA-4177-1 : libsdl2-image - security update
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OpenVAS ID: 61714
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 4177-1 (libsdl2-image - security update)
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Recommended: Upgrade
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01/02/2018 🔍
04/10/2018 +98 days 🔍
04/10/2018 +0 days 🔍
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04/11/2018 +1 days 🔍
04/20/2018 +9 days 🔍
04/23/2018 +3 days 🔍
02/27/2023 +1771 days 🔍


Advisory: debian.org
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2018-3838 (🔍)
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Created: 04/11/2018 09:32 AM
Updated: 02/27/2023 12:48 PM
Changes: 04/11/2018 09:32 AM (71), 01/23/2020 03:20 PM (3), 02/27/2023 12:48 PM (13)
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