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

ID VU:605908
Type cert
Reporter CERT
Modified 2006-08-14T00:00:00



The Apple Mac OS X ImageIO framework contains a buffer 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 in the graphics interchange format (GIF). ImageIO is used by several applications, including WebCore and Safari. ImageIO contains an unspecified integer overflow 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

Vendor| Status| Date Notified| Date Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.| | 02 Aug 2006| 02 Aug 2006
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

CVSS Metrics

Group | Score | Vector
Base | N/A | N/A
Temporal | N/A | N/A
Environmental | N/A | N/A


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Thanks to Apple Product Security for reporting this vulnerability. Apple, in turn, credits Tom Ferris of with reporting this issue to them.

This document was written by Chad R Dougherty.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-3503
  • Date Public: 01 Aug 2006
  • Date First Published: 02 Aug 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 14 Aug 2006
  • Severity Metric: 8.78
  • Document Revision: 10