Updated gdk-pixbuf packages that fix a denial of service vulnerability that could affect applications such as Evolution are now available.
The gdk-pixbuf package contains an image loading library used with the GNOME GUI desktop environment. In Red Hat Linux 9 this library is used by applications, such as Evolution, to load images. Thomas Kristensen discovered a bitmap file that would cause the Evolution mail reader to crash. This issue was caused by a flaw that affects versions of the gdk-pixbuf package prior to 0.20. To exploit this flaw, a remote attacker could send (via email) a carefully-crafted BMP file, which would cause Evolution to crash. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2004-0111 to this issue. Users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages containing gdk-pixbuf version 0.22, which is not vulnerable to this issue.