Ubuntu 9.04 / 9.10 / 10.04 LTS : dvipng vulnerability (USN-936-1)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 46253
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionDan Rosenberg discovered that dvipng incorrectly handled certain malformed dvi files. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted dvi file, an attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash, or possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program.
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SolutionUpdate the affected dvipng package.