Vulnerability Note VU#651844

Apple Mac OS X ImageIO contains undetected memory failure in GIF image handling

Original Release date: 02 Aug 2006 | Last revised: 14 Aug 2006


The Apple Mac OS X ImageIO framework contains a memory allocation flaw that may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on an affected system.


Apple's ImageIO is an image processing framework that was introduced in Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). It includes the ability to process images in a number of different formats, including those in the graphics interchange format (GIF). ImageIO is used by several applications, including WebCore and Safari. ImageIO contains a vulnerability due to an unspecified undetected memory allocation failure in the handling of GIF images.


By convincing a user to view a specially crafted GIF image (e.g., contained within a web page), an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. The attacker could also cause the application using the ImageIO library to crash. Any application that uses ImageIO may be vulnerable.


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Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.Affected02 Aug 200602 Aug 2006
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Thanks to Apple Product Security for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Chad R Dougherty.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-3502
  • Date Public: 01 Aug 2006
  • Date First Published: 02 Aug 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 14 Aug 2006
  • Severity Metric: 7.42
  • Document Revision: 11


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