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2015-11-16 libpng security issue (CVE-2015-8126)

A recent vulnerability was discovered that affect several libpng versions: before 1.0.64, 1.1.x and 1.2.x before 1.2.54, 1.3.x and 1.4.x before 1.4.17, 1.5.x before 1.5.24, and 1.6.x before 1.6.19. This issue allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly have unspecified other impact via a small bit-depth value in an IHDR (aka image header) chunk in a PNG image.

Find more information about the issue.

Affected platforms

Check the libpng version that you are currently using with the following command:

$ /opt/bitnami/common/bin/libpng-config --version

This issue affects libpng versions before 1.0.64, 1.1.x and 1.2.x before 1.2.54, 1.3.x and 1.4.x before 1.4.17, 1.5.x before 1.5.24, and 1.6.x before 1.6.19.

How to patch it

  • Patch the library located in the /opt/bitnami directory, by downloading and installing an update for your platform.

    • For Ubuntu Linux 14.04 64-bit systems:

      $ wget https://downloads.bitnami.com/files/libpngfixer/1.5.24-0/bitnami-libpngfixer-1.5.24-0-linux-x64-installer.run

    • For Ubuntu Linux 14.04 32-bit systems:

      $ wget https://downloads.bitnami.com/files/libpngfixer/1.5.24-0/bitnami-libpngfixer-1.5.24-0-linux-installer.run

  • Install the patch using the commands below:

    $ chmod +x ./bitnami-libpngfixer-1.5.24-0-linux-x64-installer.run
    $ sudo ./bitnami-libpngfixer-1.5.24-0-linux-x64-installer.run
    

The patch will check if your installation is vulnerable and if so, update the library version to a safe one. It will also save all the updated files in the /opt/bitnami/libpngfix directory and the replaced files (in case they are needed to perform a rollback) in the /opt/bitnami/libpngfix/backup/ directory.

Troubleshooting

Apache fails to start after applying this patch

This usually happens because of some binary incompatibility. The installer will allow you to restore the installation back to its previous state, as shown below:

Apache configuration seems to fail after applying the patch. Do you want to restore to the previous state? [Y/n]:

Select “Y” to go back to the working (but vulnerable) version. If the rollback process fails, manually copy the files from the backup directory, as shown below:

$ cp -rp /opt/bitnami/libpngfix/backup/* /opt/bitnami/common
$ /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh restart apache

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