GLSA 200812-02 enscript: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Posted on: 12/02/2008 07:45 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - enscript: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200812-02
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: enscript: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Date: December 02, 2008
Bugs: #243228
ID: 200812-02

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

Background
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enscript is a powerful ASCII to PostScript file converter.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 app-text/enscript lt; 1.6.4-r4 gt;= 1.6.4-r4

Description
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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).

Impact
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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.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All enscript users should upgrade to the latest version:

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

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-3863
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-3863
[ 2 ] CVE-2008-4306
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-4306

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200812-02.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2008 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5



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