Scientific Linux Security Update : ghostscript on SL4.x i386/x86_64

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Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security
updates.

Description :

Ghostscript is a set of software that provides a PostScript
interpreter, a set of C procedures (the Ghostscript library, which
implements the graphics capabilities in the PostScript language) and
an interpreter for Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Ghostscript included the current working directory in its library
search path by default. If a user ran Ghostscript without the '-P-'
option in an attacker-controlled directory containing a specially
crafted PostScript library file, it could cause Ghostscript to execute
arbitrary PostScript code. With this update, Ghostscript no longer
searches the current working directory for library files by default.
(CVE-2010-4820)

Note: The fix for CVE-2010-4820 could possibly break existing
configurations. To use the previous, vulnerable behavior, run
Ghostscript with the '-P' option (to always search the current working
directory first).

A flaw was found in the way Ghostscript interpreted PostScript Type 1
and PostScript Type 2 font files. An attacker could create a specially
crafted PostScript Type 1 or PostScript Type 2 font file that, when
interpreted, could cause Ghostscript to crash or, potentially, execute
arbitrary code. (CVE-2010-4054)

Users of Ghostscript are advised to upgrade to these updated packages,
which contain backported patches to correct these issues.

See also :

http://www.nessus.org/u?b8bb0404

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.4
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 61235 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2010-4054
CVE-2010-4820