Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 7.10 / 8.04 LTS / 8.10 : enscript vulnerability (USN-660-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 38023


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


Ulf Harnhammar discovered multiple stack overflows in enscript's handling of special escape arguments. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a malicious file with the '-e' option enabled, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary code or cause enscript to crash, possibly leading to a denial of service.

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Update the affected enscript package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 38023

File Name: ubuntu_USN-660-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2016/05/27

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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:enscript, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10

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: 2008/11/03

Reference Information

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

BID: 31858

OSVDB: 49569

USN: 660-1

CWE: 119