Section: XScreenSaver manual (6)
Updated: 5.40 (12-Aug-2018)
glitchpeg - glitched image screen saver.
Loads an image, corrupts it, and then displays the corrupted version,
several times a second. After a while, finds a new image to corrupt.
It glitches the image by altering random bytes in the compressed image
file before de-compressing it. This creates interesting visual effects
on JPEG files, but doesn't work well on PNG files, since PNG contains
checksums that detect simple corruption.
- -visual visual
Specify which visual to use. Legal values are the name of a visual class,
or the id number (decimal or hex) of a specific visual.
Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default.
Draw on the root window.
- -delay number
Per-frame delay, in microseconds. Default: 30000 (0.03 seconds).
- -duration number
How many seconds before loading a new image. Default: 120.
- -count number
Number of glitches to introduce per iteration. Default: 100.
to get the default host and display number.
to get the name of a resource file that overrides the global resources
stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.
Because this program is feeding intentionally-invalid data into your
operating system's image-decoding libraries, it is possible that it
may crash as a result of that corrupted data.
That should not be possible -- but it might be.
Please note that if this happens, that indicates a serious security
bug in your system's image libraries! It likely means that your
libraries are susceptible to buffer overflow attacks or similar, which
can lead to remote code execution. You should report that bug to the
maintainers of those image libraries.
In the context of xscreensaver, when configured to load only local
image files, this should not be a direct security concern: this screen
saver crashing will not affect the xscreensaver daemon and will not
unlock your screen.
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