Oracle Linux 5 / 6 : ghostscript (ELSA-2012-1256)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 68616


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2012:1256 :

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 ghostscript packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 68616

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2012-1256.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.7 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/07/12

Modified: 2016/05/26

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:oracle:linux:ghostscript, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ghostscript-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ghostscript-doc, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ghostscript-gtk, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:5, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:6

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

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