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VPR Score: 5.5
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionErik Sjolund discovered several vulnerabilities in enscript which could cause arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the user calling enscript.
Quotes and other shell escape characters in titles and file names were not handled in previous versions. (CAN-2004-1184)
Previous versions supported reading EPS data not only from a file, but also from an arbitrary command pipe. Since checking for unwanted side effects is infeasible, this feature has been disabled after consultation with the authors of enscript. (CAN-2004-1185)
Finally, this update fixes two buffer overflows which were triggered by certain input files. (CAN-2004-1186)
These issues can lead to privilege escalation if enscript is called automatically from web server applications like viewcvs.
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.
SolutionUpdate the affected enscript package.