Oracle Linux 5 : enscript (ELSA-2008-1016)

High Nessus Plugin ID 67771


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing a security update.


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2008:1016 :

An updated enscript packages that fixes several security issues is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

GNU enscript converts ASCII files to PostScript(R) language files and spools the generated output to a specified printer or saves it to a file. Enscript can be extended to handle different output media and includes options for customizing printouts.

Two buffer overflow flaws were found in GNU enscript. An attacker could craft an ASCII file in such a way that it could execute arbitrary commands if the file was opened with enscript with the 'special escapes' option (-e or --escapes) enabled. (CVE-2008-3863, CVE-2008-4306)

All users of enscript should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.


Update the affected enscript package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 67771

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2008-1016.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/07/12

Modified: 2015/12/01

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:oracle:linux:enscript, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:5

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/OracleLinux, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/12/15

Reference Information

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

BID: 31858

RHSA: 2008:1016

CWE: 119