GLSA-200508-04 : Netpbm: Arbitrary code execution in pstopnm

High Nessus Plugin ID 19388


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200508-04 (Netpbm: Arbitrary code execution in pstopnm)

Max Vozeler reported that pstopnm calls the GhostScript interpreter on untrusted PostScript files without specifying the -dSAFER option, to convert a PostScript file into a PBM, PGM, or PNM file.
Impact :

An attacker could craft a malicious PostScript file and entice a user to run pstopnm on it, resulting in the execution of arbitrary commands with the permissions of the user running pstopnm.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Netpbm users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose media-libs/netpbm

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 19388

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200508-04.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.14 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/08/07

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:netpbm, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Patch Publication Date: 2005/08/05

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/07/24

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2471

BID: 14379

OSVDB: 18253

GLSA: 200508-04