Secunia Research: Google Picasa Phase One Tags Processing Integer Overflow Vulnerability

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      Secunia Research (now part of Flexera Software) 09/10/2015

Google Picasa Phase One Tags Processing Integer Overflow Vulnerability

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Table of Contents

Affected Software....................................................1
Severity.............................................................2
Description of Vulnerability.........................................3
Solution.............................................................4
Time Table...........................................................5
Credits..............................................................6
References...........................................................7
About Secunia........................................................8
Verification.........................................................9

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1) Affected Software

* Google Picasa version 3.9.140 Build 239
* Google Picasa version 3.9.140 Build 248

NOTE: Prior versions may also be affected.

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2) Severity 

Rating: Highly critical
Impact: System Access
Where:  From remote
 
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3) Description of Vulnerability

Secunia Research has discovered a vulnerability in Google Picasa,
which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's
system.

The vulnerability is caused due to an integer overflow error when
processing data related to phase one 0x412 tag and can be exploited to
cause a heap-based buffer overflow.

Successful exploitation may allow execution of arbitrary code.

The vulnerability is confirmed in versions 3.9.140 Build 239 and
3.9.140 Build 248 running on Windows.

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4) Solution 

Update to version 3.9.141 Build 259

Note: The vendor had released a fix in version 3.9.140 Build 248,
however, the fix had been ineffective.

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5) Time Table 

04/08/2015 - Vendor notified of vulnerability.
04/08/2015 - Vendor acknowledges report.
10/08/2015 - Vendor requests PoC.
10/08/2015 - Provision of PoC.
19/08/2015 - Vendor acknowledges receipt.
08/09/2015 - Request of status update.
11/09/2015 - Vendor states fixed in code. ETA not yet available.
19/09/2015 - Vendor states update has been pushed.
25/09/2015 - Vendor notified of incomplete fix.
26/09/2015 - Vendor acknowledges receipt.
05/10/2015 - Request ETA of fix. Vendor notified that due to public
             availability of improper fix release an advisory
             release deadline on 09/10/2015 is established.
06/10/2015 - Vendor acknowledges and estimates 30/10/2015 release of
             fix.
06/10/2015 - Vendor notified that advisory deadline will still
             be applicable.
06/10/2015 - Vendor acknowledges and states to send notification once
             properly fixed.
09/10/2015 - Public disclosure of advisory.
12/10/2015 - Public disclosure of research advisory.
29/10/2015 - Vendor states fixed status and fix had been verified.
30/10/2015 - Request version number of fix as change log updates and
             release notes updates are missing.
05/11/2015 - Vendor states fixed version.
11/11/2015 - Release of update of advisory with SAID SA59000.
11/11/2015 - Release of update of this research advisory.

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6) Credits 

Discovered by Hossein Lotfi, Secunia Research (now part of
Flexera Software).

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7) References

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned
the CVE-2015-8096 identifier for the vulnerability.
 
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8) About Secunia (now part of Flexera Software)

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https://secunia.com/blog/435/

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9) Verification 

Please verify this advisory by visiting the Secunia website:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/2015-03/

Complete list of vulnerability reports published by Secunia Research:
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