Ubuntu 5.10 / 6.06 LTS / 6.10 : evince vulnerability (USN-390-2)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 27974


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


USN-390-1 fixed a vulnerability in evince. The original fix did not fully solve the problem, allowing for a denial of service in certain situations.

A buffer overflow was discovered in the PostScript processor included in evince. By tricking a user into opening a specially crafted PS file, an attacker could crash evince or execute arbitrary code with the user's privileges.

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 evince package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 27974

File Name: ubuntu_USN-390-2.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/11/10

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5.1

Temporal Score: 4.4

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:evince, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.10

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2006/12/05

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-5864

BID: 20978

USN: 390-2