Updated libtiff packages that fix two security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.
The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having important security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link(s) associated with each description below.
The libtiff packages contain a library of functions for manipulating Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) files.
Two integer overflow flaws, leading to heap-based buffer overflows, were found in the way libtiff attempted to allocate space for a tile in a TIFF image file. An attacker could use these flaws to create a specially-crafted TIFF file that, when opened, would cause an application linked against libtiff to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code.
All libtiff users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve these issues. All running applications linked against libtiff must be restarted for this update to take effect.