Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 15.04 : ghostscript vulnerability (USN-2697-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 85155


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


William Robinet and Stefan Cornelius discovered that Ghostscript did not correctly handle certain Postscript files. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a specially crafted file, an attacker could cause a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code.

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 libgs9 package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 85155

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2697-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/07/31

Modified: 2016/05/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgs9, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:15.04

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/07/30

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-3228

OSVDB: 125256

USN: 2697-1