USN-68-1: enscript vulnerabilities
Posted on: 01/24/2005 10:44 AM

An enscript security update has been released for Ubuntu Linux 4.10

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-68-1 January 24, 2005
enscript vulnerabilities
CAN-2004-1184 CAN-2004-1185 CAN-2004-1186

A security issue affects the following Ubuntu releases:

Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog)

The following packages are affected:


The problem can be corrected by upgrading the affected package to version 1.6.4-4ubuntu0.1. In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes.

Details follow:

Erik Sjlund discovered several vulnerabilities in enscript which could cause arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the user calling enscript.

Quotes and other shell escape characters in titles and file names were not handled in previous versions. (CAN-2004-1184)

Previous versions supported reading EPS data not only from a file, but also from an arbitrary command pipe. Since checking for unwanted side effects is infeasible, this feature has been disabled after consultation with the authors of enscript. (CAN-2004-1185)

Finally, this update fixes two buffer overflows which were triggered by certain input files. (CAN-2004-1186)

These issues can lead to privilege escalation if enscript is called automatically from web server applications like viewcvs.

Source archives:
Size/MD5: 15036 d6c873e923c34c39cc144030efc83dd5
Size/MD5: 628 711d7f5bbf6018fe56f386a37cfb93ed
Size/MD5: 1036734 b5174b59e4a050fb462af5dbf28ebba3

amd64 architecture (Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon)
Size/MD5: 482748 5115fde125c8b21aabb0e381ad3d82a8

i386 architecture (x86 compatible Intel/AMD)
Size/MD5: 468824 88d3ae70ced661d02fdbd93178ca4d35

powerpc architecture (Apple Macintosh G3/G4/G5)
Size/MD5: 481268 b55c45bcf7cf0a941fb2021a0f8073de

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