FreeBSD : ghostscript -- insecure temporary file creation vulnerability (27a70a01-5f6c-11da-8d54-000cf18bbe54)

High Nessus Plugin ID 21404


The remote FreeBSD host is missing one or more security-related updates.


Ghostscript is affected by an insecure temporary file creation vulnerability. This issue is likely due to a design error that causes the application to fail to verify the existence of a file before writing to it.

An attacker may leverage this issue to overwrite arbitrary files with the privileges of an unsuspecting user that activates the vulnerable application. Reportedly this issue is unlikely to facilitate privilege escalation.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 21404

File Name: freebsd_pkg_27a70a015f6c11da8d54000cf18bbe54.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Published: 2006/05/13

Modified: 2013/06/21

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:ghostscript-afpl, p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:ghostscript-afpl-nox11, p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:ghostscript-gnu, p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:ghostscript-gnu-nox11, cpe:/o:freebsd:freebsd

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/FreeBSD/release, Host/FreeBSD/pkg_info

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Patch Publication Date: 2005/11/27

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/10/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0967

BID: 11285