Ubuntu 4.10 : tetex-bin vulnerabilities (USN-9-1)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 20715


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


Chris Evans and Marcus Meissner recently discovered several integer overflow vulnerabilities in xpdf, a viewer for PDF files. Because tetex-bin contains xpdf code, it is also affected. These vulnerabilities could be exploited by an attacker providing a specially crafted TeX, LaTeX, or PDF file. Processing such a file with pdflatex could result in abnormal program termination or the execution of program code supplied by the attacker.

This bug could be exploited to gain the privileges of the user invoking pdflatex.

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 libkpathsea-dev, libkpathsea3 and / or tetex-bin packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 20715

File Name: ubuntu_USN-9-1.nasl

Version: 1.15

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 1/15/2006

Updated: 1/19/2021

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.8


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libkpathsea-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libkpathsea3, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:tetex-bin, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:4.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 10/28/2004

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0888

USN: 9-1