• Advisory ID: DRUPAL-SA-CORE-2013-002
  • Project: Drupal core
  • Version: 7.x
  • Date: 2013-February-20
  • Security risk: Critical
  • Exploitable from: Remote
  • Vulnerability: Denial of service


Drupal core's Image module allows for the on-demand generation of image derivatives. This capability can be abused by requesting a large number of new derivatives which can fill up the server disk space, and which can cause a very high CPU load. Either of these effects may lead to the site becoming unavailable or unresponsive.

Please see the Drupal 7.20 release notes for important notes about the changes which were made to fix this issue, since some sites will require extra testing and care when deploying this Drupal core release.

CVE identifier(s) issued

  • CVE-2013-0316

Versions affected

  • Drupal core 7.x versions prior to 7.20.


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Also see the Drupal core project page.

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