Bug#796270: Please disable jasper support

Sebastian Dröge slomo at debian.org
Fri Aug 21 07:38:31 UTC 2015

On Fr, 2015-08-21 at 09:19 +0200, Michael Biebl wrote:
> Hi Moritz!
> Am 21.08.2015 um 00:29 schrieb Moritz Muehlenhoff:
> > Source: gdk-pixbuf
> > Severity: important
> > 
> > Hi,
> > please disable jasper support in gdk-pixbuf. It's an abandoned
> > code base with frequent security issues and JPEG2000 is an
> > exotic fringe format unused in practice.
> > 
> > We can keep it in the archive for scientific software etc, but
> > let's not expose via gdk-pixbuf to exposed applications like
> > Iceweasel.
> Jasper support was enabled in 2.21.6-1 back in 2010.
> I didn't find any further explanation in debian/changelog why it was
> enabled.
> slomo, do you remember the details?

It was enabled to get JPEG2000 support. Considering the state of
jasper, I think it's a good idea to disable it at this point... and if
JPEG2000 support is needed by someone, creating a gdk-pixbuf backend
around openjpeg might be a better idea.
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