Researchers at GRIMM have discovered multiple vulnerabilities – two of which could lead to remote code execution (RCE) – within the NITRO open source library that the Department of Defense and federal intelligence community use to exchange, store and transmit digital images collected by satellites.

Two of the flaws “looked like they could lead to remote code execution,” said Adam Nichols, principal of the Software Security practice at GRIMM, who explained to SC Media that photos in the library are accompanied by associated data like geo coordinates.

“If an attacker was able to get a maliciously crafted image into any of the systems that use this library – they would need some other information as well – they could take over parts of or even the entire machine or device,” said Nichols.

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