RHEL 5 / 6 : ghostscript (RHSA-2012:1256)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 62056


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


Updated ghostscript packages that fix one security issue 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. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link 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, leading to a heap-based buffer overflow, was found in Ghostscript's International Color Consortium Format library (icclib). An attacker could create a specially crafted PostScript or PDF file with embedded images that would cause Ghostscript to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Ghostscript. (CVE-2012-4405)

Red Hat would like to thank Marc Schonefeld for reporting this issue.

Users of Ghostscript are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 62056

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2012-1256.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.15 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/09/12

Modified: 2017/01/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

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-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:6.3

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: 2012/09/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-4405

BID: 55494

OSVDB: 85661

RHSA: 2012:1256