[Bug 839251] [NEW] EOG and Firefox eat up memory when opening animated GIF

Launchpad Bug Tracker 839251 at bugs.launchpad.net
Thu Sep 8 17:31:47 UTC 2011

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When trying to open a specific GIF file with either Firefox or EOG, the
process eats up all the system memory (4GB in my case), so the system
starts to swap and becomes unusable.

According to the file(1) utility:
evil-2336-6467_c39e.gif: GIF image data, version 89a, 20000 x 8880
Also, GIMP manages to open the file, showing 42 transparent frames of size 20000 x 8880, except the first frame, which is completely black. 

KolourPaint, the Windows Explorer and the Windows Internet Explorer
display the file as a 44x44 pixel image, which I suppose is the correct
size. However, also the GNOME file open dialog displayes the first frame
from the file correctly.

Versions used on my system:
firefox                               3.6.21+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.04.1, from lucid-updates
gimp                                  2.6.10-1ubuntu3~ppa1~lucid1, from ppa:lucid-bleed/ppa
kolourpaint4                          4:4.4.5-0ubuntu1, from lucid-updates
file                                  5.03-5ubuntu1, from lucid
eog                                   2.30.0-0ubuntu1, from lucid

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: eog 2.30.0-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-34.76-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-34-generic x86_64
Architecture: amd64
Date: Fri Sep  2 04:34:46 2011
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
SourcePackage: eog

** Affects: firefox (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: Incomplete

** Tags: amd64 apport-bug lucid
EOG and Firefox eat up memory when opening animated GIF
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