Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 17.04 : ghostscript vulnerabilities (USN-3403-1)

high Nessus Plugin ID 102815


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


Kamil Frankowicz discovered that Ghostscript mishandles references. A remote attacker could use this to cause a denial of service.

Kim Gwan Yeong discovered that Ghostscript could allow a heap-based buffer over-read and application crash. A remote attacker could use a crafted document to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2017-9611, CVE-2017-9726, CVE-2017-9727, CVE-2017-9739)

Kim Gwan Yeong discovered an use-after-free vulnerability in Ghostscript. A remote attacker could use a crafted file to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2017-9612)

Kim Gwan Yeong discovered a lack of integer overflow check in Ghostscript. A remote attacker could use crafted PostScript document to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2017-9835).

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 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 102815

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3403-1.nasl

Version: 3.8

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/29/2017

Updated: 1/12/2023

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ghostscript, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ghostscript-x, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgs9, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgs9-common, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:17.04

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/28/2017

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/26/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-11714, CVE-2017-9611, CVE-2017-9612, CVE-2017-9726, CVE-2017-9727, CVE-2017-9739, CVE-2017-9835

USN: 3403-1