[USN-68-1] enscript vulnerabilities

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at canonical.com
Mon Jan 24 12:13:49 UTC 2005

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 Sjölund 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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