Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 6.10 / 7.04 / 7.10 : ghostscript, gs-esp, gs-gpl vulnerability (USN-599-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 31848


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


Chris Evans discovered that Ghostscript contained a buffer overflow in its color space handling code. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a crafted Postscript file, an attacker could cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code with privileges of the user invoking the program. (CVE-2008-0411).

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 31848

File Name: ubuntu_USN-599-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2008/04/11

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/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:ghostscript, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ghostscript-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ghostscript-x, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gs, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gs-aladdin, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gs-common, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gs-esp, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gs-esp-x, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gs-gpl, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgs-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgs-esp-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgs-esp8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgs8, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.10

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: 2008/04/09

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-0411

BID: 28017

OSVDB: 42310

USN: 599-1

CWE: 119