Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 16.10 / 17.04 : evince vulnerability (USN-3351-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 101545


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Felix Wilhelm discovered that Evince did not safely invoke tar when handling tar comic book (cbt) files. An attacker could use this to construct a malicious cbt comic book format file that, when opened in Evince, executes arbitrary code. Please note that this update disables support for cbt files in Evince.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected evince and / or evince-common packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 101545

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3351-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/07/14

Modified: 2018/01/30

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND


Base Score: 7.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:evince, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:evince-common, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:17.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2017/07/13

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-1000083

OSVDB: 161008

USN: 3351-1