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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer


Severity High
Score 7.5/10


Integer underflow in Picasa3.exe in Google Picasa before 3.9.0 Build 137.69 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted JPEG tag that triggers a heap-based buffer overflow, as demonstrated using a Canon RAW CR2 file with a large JPEG tag value and a small size.

  • LOW
  • NONE

CWE-119 - Buffer Overflow

Buffer overflow attacks involve data transit and operations exceeding the restricted memory buffer, thereby corrupting or overwriting data in adjacent memory locations. Such overflow allows the attacker to run arbitrary code or manipulate the existing code to cause privilege escalation, data breach, denial of service, system crash and even complete system compromise. Given that languages such as C and C++ lack default safeguards against overwriting or accessing data in their memory, applications utilizing these languages are most susceptible to buffer overflows attacks.


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