GLSA-201701-67 : a2ps: Arbitrary code execution

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 96853


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201701-67 (a2ps: Arbitrary code execution)

a2ps’ fixps script does not invoke gs with the -dSAFER option.
Impact :

Remote attackers, by enticing a user to process a specially crafted PostScript file, could delete arbitrary files or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the process.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All a2ps users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-text/a2ps-4.14-r5'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 96853

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201701-67.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.1 $

Type: local

Published: 2017/01/30

Modified: 2017/01/30

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:a2ps, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2017/01/29

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-0466

GLSA: 201701-67