SUSE SLED15 / SLES15 / openSUSE 15 Security Update : ghostscript (SUSE-SU-2023:3438-1)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 180297



The remote SUSE host is missing a security update.


The remote SUSE Linux SLED15 / SLED_SAP15 / SLES15 / SLES_SAP15 / openSUSE 15 host has packages installed that are affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the SUSE-SU-2023:3438-1 advisory.

- A buffer overflow flaw was found in base/gdevdevn.c:1973 in devn_pcx_write_rle() in ghostscript. This issue may allow a local attacker to cause a denial of service via outputting a crafted PDF file for a DEVN device with gs. (CVE-2023-38559)

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Update the affected ghostscript, ghostscript-devel and / or ghostscript-x11 packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 180297

File Name: suse_SU-2023-3438-1.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/30/2023

Updated: 9/22/2023

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.9

Temporal Score: 3.6

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-38559


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.5

Temporal Score: 4.8

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:ghostscript, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:ghostscript-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:ghostscript-x11, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:15

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/28/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/1/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-38559

IAVB: 2023-B-0070

SuSE: SUSE-SU-2023:3438-1