Rule Category

FILE-IMAGE -- Snort detected suspicious traffic targeting vulnerabilities found inside images files, regardless of delivery method, targeted software, or image type. (Examples include: jpg, png, gif, bmp). These rules search for malformed images used to exploit system. Attackers alter image attributes, often to include shell code, so they are susceptible to vulnerabilities when they are parsed and send commands instead of loading the image.

Alert Message

FILE-IMAGE Mutiple products libpng extra row heap overflow attempt

Rule Explanation

This event is generated when an attacker attempts to exploit a heap overflow vulnerability in libpng. Impact: Attempted User Privilege Gain Details: This rule checks for attempts to exploit a heap overflow vulnerability in libpng. Ease of Attack:

What To Look For

Known Usage

No public information

False Positives

No known false positives


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Rule Vulnerability

CVE Additional Information

Buffer overflow in pngpread.c in libpng before 1.2.44 and 1.4.x before 1.4.3, as used in progressive applications, might allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a PNG image that triggers an additional data row.
SeverityHIGH Base Score7.5
Impact Score6.4 Exploit Score10.0
Confidentiality ImpactPARTIAL Integrity ImpactPARTIAL
Availability ImpactPARTIAL Access VectorNETWORK
AuthenticationNONE Ease of AccessLOW