Exiv2 is a command-line utility and C++ library for reading, writing, deleting, and modifying the metadata of image files. An inefficient algorithm (quadratic complexity) was found in Exiv2 versions v0.27.3 and earlier. The inefficient algorithm is triggered when Exiv2 is used to write metadata into a crafted image file. An attacker could potentially exploit the vulnerability to cause a denial of service, if they can trick the victim into running Exiv2 on a crafted image file. The bug is fixed in version v0.27.4. Note that this bug is only triggered when _writing_ the metadata, which is a less frequently used Exiv2 operation than _reading_ the metadata. For example, to trigger the bug in the Exiv2 command-line application, you need to add an extra command-line argument such as `rm`.
Published 2021-05-17 18:15:08
Updated 2023-12-22 10:15:09
Source GitHub, Inc.
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Vulnerability category: Denial of service

Exploit prediction scoring system (EPSS) score for CVE-2021-32617

0.12%
Probability of exploitation activity in the next 30 days EPSS Score History
~ 45 %
Percentile, the proportion of vulnerabilities that are scored at or less

CVSS scores for CVE-2021-32617

Base Score Base Severity CVSS Vector Exploitability Score Impact Score Score Source First Seen
4.3
MEDIUM AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P
8.6
2.9
NIST
5.5
MEDIUM CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H
1.8
3.6
NIST
4.7
MEDIUM CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:H/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H
1.0
3.6
GitHub, Inc.

CWE ids for CVE-2021-32617

  • The product does not properly control the allocation and maintenance of a limited resource, thereby enabling an actor to influence the amount of resources consumed, eventually leading to the exhaustion of available resources.
    Assigned by: security-advisories@github.com (Primary)

References for CVE-2021-32617

Products affected by CVE-2021-32617

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