Secunia Research Advisory

libexif EXIF_IFD_INTEROPERABILITY / EXIF_IFD_EXIF Denial of Service Vulnerability


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                    Secunia Research 2018/12/13
                                            
       libexif EXIF_IFD_INTEROPERABILITY / EXIF_IFD_EXIF
                  Denial of Service Vulnerability

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Table of Contents

Affected Software....................................................1
Severity.............................................................2
Description of Vulnerability.........................................3
Solution.............................................................4
Time Table...........................................................5
Credits..............................................................6
References...........................................................7
About Flexera........................................................8
Verification.........................................................9

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1) Affected Software

*  libexif version  0.6.21. Other versions may also be affected.

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2) Severity

Rating: Moderately critical
Impact: Denial of Service
Where:  From remote

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3) Description of Vulnerability

Secunia Research has discovered a vulnerability in libexif, which can
be exploited by malicious people to cause a DoS (Denial of Service).

1) An error when processing the EXIF_IFD_INTEROPERABILITY and
EXIF_IFD_EXIF tags can be exploited to exhaust available CPU
resources.

The vulnerability is confirmed in version 0.6.21. Other versions may
also be affected.

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4) Solution

No official solution is currently available.

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5) Time Table

2018/09/12 - Maintainer contacted with the vulnerability details.
2018/09/27 - Maintainer contacted for a follow-up.
2018/09/28 - Maintainer confirmed the vulnerability.
2018/11/13 - Maintainer contacted for a follow-up highlighting
             disclosure policy margins.
2018/12/12 - Release of Secunia Advisory SA84652 based on the
             disclosure policy.
2018/12/13 - Public disclosure of Secunia Research Advisory.

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6) Credits

Laurent Delosieres, Secunia Research at Flexera.

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7) References

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned
the CVE-2018-20030 identifier for the vulnerability.

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8) About Flexera

Flexera  helps  application  producers  and  enterprises  increase
application usage and the value they derive from their software.

https://www.flexera.com

Flexera delivers market-leading Software Vulnerability Management
solutions  enabling  enterprises  to  proactively  identify  and
remediate software vulnerabilities, effectively reducing the risk of
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In 2016, Secunia Research became a part of Flexera and today
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9) Verification

Please verify this advisory by visiting the website:
https://www.flexera.com/about-us/secunia-research/advisories/sr-2018-28.html

Complete list of vulnerability reports published by Secunia Research:
https://www.flexera.com/about-us/secunia-research/advisories/

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