Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 15.10 : poppler vulnerabilities (USN-2958-1)

high Nessus Plugin ID 90858


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


It was discovered that the poppler pdfseparate tool incorrectly handled certain filenames. A local attacker could use this issue to cause the tool to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
(CVE-2013-4473, CVE-2013-4474)

It was discovered that poppler incorrectly parsed certain malformed PDF documents. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a crafted PDF file, an attacker could cause a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code with privileges of the user invoking the program. (CVE-2015-8868).

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 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 90858

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2958-1.nasl

Version: 2.8

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/3/2016

Updated: 9/18/2019

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 7.3

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpoppler-cpp0, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpoppler-glib8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpoppler-qt4-3, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpoppler-qt4-4, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpoppler-qt5-1, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpoppler19, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpoppler44, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpoppler52, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:poppler-utils, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:15.10

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: 5/2/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/23/2013

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-4473, CVE-2013-4474, CVE-2015-8868

USN: 2958-1