LibTIFF 4.0/4.0.1/4.0.2 Raster File Count gif2tiff.c memory corruption

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A vulnerability was found in LibTIFF 4.0/4.0.1/4.0.2 (Image Processing Software). It has been classified as critical. This affects an unknown code of the file gif2tiff.c of the component Raster File Count Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-119. The software performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was released 08/01/2013 by Pedro Ribeiro as Four (stack-based) buffer overflows and one use-after-free in libtiff v4.0.3 as not defined mailinglist post (oss-sec). It is possible to read the advisory at The vendor was not involved in the public release. This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2013-4231 since 06/12/2013. The exploitability is told to be difficult. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details of the vulnerability are known, but there is no available exploit.

The real existence of this vulnerability is still doubted at the moment. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 75146 (openSUSE Security Update : tiff (openSUSE-SU-2013:1482-1)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family SuSE Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 350364 (Amazon Linux Security Advisory for libtiff: ALAS-2014-365).

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (86305), Vulnerability Center (SBV-41320) and Tenable (75146). Further details are available at Entries connected to this vulnerability are available at 9947, 9948, 9949 and 9950.





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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Nessus ID: 75146
Nessus Name: openSUSE Security Update : tiff (openSUSE-SU-2013:1482-1)
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OpenVAS ID: 892744
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 2744-1 (tiff - several vulnerabilities
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Advisory: Four (stack-based) buffer overflows and one use-after-free in libtiff v4.0.3
Researcher: Pedro Ribeiro
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2013-4231 (🔍)

X-Force: 86305
Vulnerability Center: 41320 - LibTIFF Before 4.0.3 Multiple Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities Allow Remote DoS, Medium
SecurityFocus: 61695 - LibTIFF CVE-2013-4231 Multiple Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities
Secunia: 54543 - Debian update for tiff, Moderately Critical
OSVDB: 96207

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Created: 08/15/2013 05:37 PM
Updated: 05/21/2021 02:41 PM
Changes: 08/15/2013 05:37 PM (80), 05/10/2017 09:11 AM (5), 05/21/2021 02:41 PM (2)
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