Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer
A buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the GIF image parsing functionality of SDL2_image-2.0.2. A specially crafted GIF image can lead to a buffer overflow on a global section. An attacker can display an image to trigger this vulnerability.
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.