RHEL 5 / 6 : ghostscript (RHSA-2012:0095)

high Nessus Plugin ID 57822


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 and 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

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.

An integer overflow flaw was found in Ghostscript's TrueType bytecode interpreter. An attacker could create a specially crafted PostScript or PDF file that, when interpreted, could cause Ghostscript to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2009-3743)

It was found that Ghostscript always tried to read Ghostscript system initialization files from the current working directory before checking other directories, even if a search path that did not contain the current working directory was specified with the '-I' option, or the '-P-' option was used (to prevent the current working directory being searched first). If a user ran Ghostscript in an attacker-controlled directory containing a system initialization file, it could cause Ghostscript to execute arbitrary PostScript code.

Ghostscript included the current working directory in its library search path by default. If a user ran Ghostscript without the '-P-' option in an attacker-controlled directory containing a specially crafted PostScript library file, it could cause Ghostscript to execute arbitrary PostScript code. With this update, Ghostscript no longer searches the current working directory for library files by default.

Note: The fix for CVE-2010-4820 could possibly break existing configurations. To use the previous, vulnerable behavior, run Ghostscript with the '-P' option (to always search the current working directory first).

A flaw was found in the way Ghostscript interpreted PostScript Type 1 and PostScript Type 2 font files. An attacker could create a specially crafted PostScript Type 1 or PostScript Type 2 font file that, when interpreted, could cause Ghostscript to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2010-4054)

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


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 57822

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2012-0095.nasl

Version: 1.19

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2/3/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ghostscript, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ghostscript-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ghostscript-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ghostscript-doc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ghostscript-gtk, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.2

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: 2/2/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/22/2010

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-3743, CVE-2010-2055, CVE-2010-4054, CVE-2010-4820

BID: 40467, 42640, 43932

RHSA: 2012:0095