An update for GDI+ for Windows operating systems

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INTRODUCTION

Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Windows GDI+ for the following operating systems:
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
This article describes the changes that the update makes.

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For Windows Vista, this update gives a per format switch to control the parsing of each file format in GDI+. As a part of this release, a new feature is added to GDI+. This new feature enables you to control the parsing of different codecs. The idea behind the feature is to control the attack surface area. This feature is controlled by using different registry entries that are part of this update. By changing these registry entries, you can control which images are parsed and rendered and which images are rejected in GDI+. For example, you can select to parse and render Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) images, but block Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) images.

This update adds registry entries that enable and disable the following codecs:
  • Windows Bitmap (BMP)
  • Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)
  • Icon files (ICO)
  • JPEG
  • Network Graphics (PNG)
  • TIFF
To add registry entries, you must create the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Gdiplus
Then, create a DWORD value that corresponds to each codec. To do this, create the following registry entries (DWORD values) under the registry subkey that you create:
  • DisableBMPCodec
  • DisableGIFCodec
  • DisablePNGCodec
  • DisableICOCodec
  • DisableTIFFCodec
  • DisableJPEGCodec
To disable a particular codec, set the corresponding registry entry to 1.

Notes
  • After you change a registry entry, you must restart the application that uses the codecs.
  • After you install this update, the registry entries that are mentioned earlier are not created. Therefore, all file formats that are mentioned earlier continue to be parsed. If you want to disable a particular format, you must set the appropriate registry entries.
For Windows XP and for Windows Server 2003, the update ships a more robust version of GDI+. Other than the new feature that is added to Windows Vista, this update includes other security hardening.

Update information

You can download this update from the Windows Download Center.

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The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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Release Date: August 25

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

Prerequisites

To apply this update, your computer must be running one of the following:
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows XP SP2
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
  • Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this update.

Update replacement information

This update does not replace any previously released hotfix

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about GDI+, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms533798(VS.85).aspx
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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Article ID: 958911 - Last Review: October 8, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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