script-fu buffer overflow in GIMP 2.6

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2012-06-03T00:00:00


Vulnerability Summary

There is a buffer overflow in the script-fu server component of GIMP (the GNU Image Manipulation Program) in all 2.6 versions (Windows and Linux versions) affecting both the script-fu console and the script-fu network server. A crafted msg to the script-fu server overflows a buffer and overwrites several function pointers allowing the attacker to gain control of EIP and potentially execute arbitrary code. This issue is fixed in the latest, stable GIMP version (currently 2.8.0).

CVE number: CVE-2012-2763 Impact: high Vendor Homepage: Date found: 18/05/2012 Found by: Joseph Sheridan of Reaction Information Security Homepage:

This advisory is posted at:

PoC Code is available here:

Affected Products

Vulnerable Products +------------------

The following products are known to be affected by this vulnerability:

  • GIMP <= 2.6.12 (Windows or Linux builds)

Products Confirmed Not Vulnerable +--------------------------------

The following products are known not to be affected by this vulnerability:

  • GIMP 2.8.0 (current stable release)


There is a buffer overflow in the command parsing code such that a long command overwrites various function pointers on the heap and gives the attacker full control of EIP. The following command sent to the script-fu server will trigger the vulnerability:

(file-bmp-load 123 aaaaaaaaaaaaa...a*1000...aaaaaaaaaa raw-filename)


Successful exploitation of the vulnerability may result in remote code execution.


Upgrade to the latest stable version of GIMP (currently 2.8 branch) - the 2.6 branch is no longer supported by the GIMP development team.


A workaround would be not to use this feature on a vulnerable version of GIMP. The GIMP development team have strongly suggested only using the script-fu network server in a secure/sandboxed environment due to security concerns.


Future updates of this advisory, if any, will be placed on the ReactionIS corporate website, but may or may not be actively announced on mailing lists or newsgroups. Users concerned about this problem are encouraged to check the URL below for any updates:


Reaction Information Security Lombard House Business Centre, Suite 117, 12-17 Upper Bridge Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2NF

Phone: +44 (0)1227 785050 Email: research () reactionis {dot} co {dot} uk Web:

Joseph Sheridan Technical Director Principal Consultant CHECK Team Leader, CREST Infrastructure, CREST Application, CISSP Tel: 07812052515 Web: Email:

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