Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 16.10 : ghostscript vulnerabilities (USN-3148-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 95467


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


Tavis Ormandy discovered multiple vulnerabilities in the way that Ghostscript processes 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.
(CVE-2016-7976, CVE-2016-7978, CVE-2016-7979, CVE-2016-8602)

Multiple vulnerabilities were discovered in Ghostscript related to information disclosure. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a specially crafted file, an attacker could expose sensitive data. (CVE-2013-5653, CVE-2016-7977).

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.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 95467

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3148-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.7 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/12/02

Modified: 2018/01/30

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.2

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

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


Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:O/RC:X

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ghostscript, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ghostscript-x, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgs9, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgs9-common, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.10

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: 2016/12/01

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-5653, CVE-2016-7976, CVE-2016-7977, CVE-2016-7978, CVE-2016-7979, CVE-2016-8602

OSVDB: 144952, 144999, 145000, 145250, 145251, 145549

USN: 3148-1