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

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 :

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.3

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

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Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2010-4054