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enscript: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200812-02 / enscript
Release Date December 02, 2008
Latest Revision December 02, 2008: 02
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-text/enscript < 1.6.4-r4 >= 1.6.4-r4 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #243228


Two buffer overflows in enscript might lead to the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


enscript is a powerful ASCII to PostScript file converter.


Two stack-based buffer overflows in the read_special_escape() function in src/psgen.c have been reported. Ulf Harnhammar of Secunia Research discovered a vulnerability related to the "setfilename" command (CVE-2008-3863), and Kees Cook of Ubuntu discovered a vulnerability related to the "font" escape sequence (CVE-2008-4306).


An attacker could entice a user or automated system to process specially crafted input with the special escapes processing enabled using the "-e" option, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All enscript users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-text/enscript-1.6.4-r4"

4.  References


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