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Apple Mac OS X ImageIO vulnerable to integer overflow via specially crafted Radiance image

Vulnerability Note VU#172244

Original Release Date: 2006-08-02 | Last Revised: 2006-08-14


The Apple Mac OS X ImageIO framework contains an integer overflow 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 specified by the Radiance lighting simulation and rendering system. ImageIO is used by several applications, including WebCore and Safari. ImageIO contains an unspecified integer overflow in the handling of Radiance images.


By convincing a user to view a specially crafted Radiance 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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Please see Apple Security Update 2006-004 for details on updates.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Apple Computer, Inc.

Notified:  August 02, 2006 Updated:  August 02, 2006



Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


Please see Apple Security Update 2006-004 for details on updates.

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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-2006-3501
Severity Metric: 7.43
Date Public: 2006-08-01
Date First Published: 2006-08-02
Date Last Updated: 2006-08-14 13:15 UTC
Document Revision: 14

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