RHEL 2.1 / 3 : enscript (RHSA-2005:039)

High Nessus Plugin ID 16296


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated enscript package that fixes several security issues is now available.

GNU enscript converts ASCII files to PostScript.

Enscript has the ability to interpret special escape sequences. A flaw was found in the handling of the epsf command used to insert inline EPS files into a document. An attacker could create a carefully crafted ASCII file which made use of the epsf pipe command in such a way that it could execute arbitrary commands if the file was opened with enscript by a victim. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-1184 to this issue.

Additional flaws in Enscript were also discovered which can only be triggered by executing enscript with carefully crafted command line arguments. These flaws therefore only have a security impact if enscript is executed by other programs and passed untrusted data from remote users. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the names CVE-2004-1185 and CVE-2004-1186 to these issues.

All users of enscript should upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve these issues.


Update the affected enscript package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 16296

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-039.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.19 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/02/02

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:enscript, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Patch Publication Date: 2005/02/01

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/01/21

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-1184, CVE-2004-1185, CVE-2004-1186

OSVDB: 13154, 13155, 13156

RHSA: 2005:039