RHEL 5 : enscript (RHSA-2008:1016)

high Nessus Plugin ID 35178

Synopsis

The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.

Description

An updated enscript packages that fixes several security issues is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

GNU enscript converts ASCII files to PostScript(R) language files and spools the generated output to a specified printer or saves it to a file. Enscript can be extended to handle different output media and includes options for customizing printouts.

Two buffer overflow flaws were found in GNU enscript. An attacker could craft an ASCII file in such a way that it could execute arbitrary commands if the file was opened with enscript with the 'special escapes' option (-e or --escapes) enabled. (CVE-2008-3863, CVE-2008-4306)

All users of enscript should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.

Solution

Update the affected enscript package.

See Also

https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2008-3863

https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2008-4306

https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2008:1016

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 35178

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-1016.nasl

Version: 1.25

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 12/16/2008

Updated: 1/14/2021

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

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 6.9

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:enscript, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.2

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/15/2008

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/23/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-3863, CVE-2008-4306

BID: 31858

RHSA: 2008:1016

CWE: 119