Ubuntu 9.04 / 9.10 / 10.04 LTS : dvipng vulnerability (USN-936-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 46253


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


Dan 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.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected dvipng package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 46253

File Name: ubuntu_USN-936-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2010/05/07

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:dvipng, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 2010/05/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-0829

OSVDB: 64475

USN: 936-1