GIMP 2.8.18 Released with Security Fix to XCF

July 14, 2016 — Leave a comment

GIMP 2.8.18

GIMP image editor 2.8.18, a new point release in the stable branch, has been released to fix a vulnerability in the XCF loading code. With special XCF files, GIMP can be caused to crash, and possibly be made to execute arbitrary code provided by the attacker.

Besides this security fix, GIMP 2.8.18 also brings following changes:

  • Fix “GIMP is not responding” on initial startup on Windows and OS X.
  • Fix GUI crashed on OS X
  • Fix gamut warning color for lcms display filter
  • Fix unbolding of bold font on edit
  • Decrease installer size by changing compression settings
  • Many other fixes, translation and documentation updates.

GIMP image editor 2.8.18

How to Install GIMP 2.8.18 in Ubuntu:

GIMP does not provide official Linux binary package. But Otto Meier is maintaining a PPA with most recent packages. So far, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and their derivatives are supported.

Check the PPA web page before starting following steps. It can take a little time to make the latest release into PPA.

1. Add the PPA.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp


2. Upgrade GIMP using Software Updater.

Or run the command below one by one:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install gimp

3. (Optional) For any reason, you want to downgrade to stock version of GIMP in your Ubuntu. Install ppa-purge and purge the PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

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