RHEL 5 : ghostscript (RHSA-2009:0421)

High Nessus Plugin ID 36160


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated ghostscript packages that fix multiple security issues are 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.

Ghostscript is a set of software that provides a PostScript interpreter, a set of C procedures (the Ghostscript library, which implements the graphics capabilities in the PostScript language) and an interpreter for Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

It was discovered that the Red Hat Security Advisory RHSA-2009:0345 did not address all possible integer overflow flaws in Ghostscript's International Color Consortium Format library (icclib). Using specially crafted ICC profiles, an attacker could create a malicious PostScript or PDF file with embedded images that could cause Ghostscript to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code when opened. (CVE-2009-0792)

A buffer overflow flaw and multiple missing boundary checks were found in Ghostscript. An attacker could create a specially crafted PostScript or PDF file that could cause Ghostscript to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code when opened. (CVE-2008-6679, CVE-2007-6725, CVE-2009-0196)

Red Hat would like to thank Alin Rad Pop of Secunia Research for responsibly reporting the CVE-2009-0196 flaw.

Users of ghostscript are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.


Update the affected ghostscript, ghostscript-devel and / or ghostscript-gtk packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 36160

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2009-0421.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.20 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/04/15

Modified: 2017/01/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 8.1

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ghostscript, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ghostscript-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ghostscript-gtk, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.3

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/04/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-6725, CVE-2008-6679, CVE-2009-0196, CVE-2009-0583, CVE-2009-0792

BID: 34184, 34337, 34340, 34445

OSVDB: 56412

RHSA: 2009:0421

CWE: 119, 189