TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Microsoft Windows GDI+ TIFF Parsing Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-09-072: October 13th, 2009


Affected Vendors

Affected Products

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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Windows. User interaction is required in that a user must open a malicious image file or browse to a malicious website.

The specific flaws exist in the GDI+ subsystem when parsing maliciously crafted TIFF files. By supplying a malformed graphic control extension an attacker can trigger an exploitable memory corruption condition. Successful exploitation can result in arbitrary code execution under the credentials of the currently logged in user.

Vendor Response

Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2008-02-07 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2009-10-13 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Ivan Fratric