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CVE-2006-5864 Detail

Current Description

Stack-based buffer overflow in the ps_gettext function in ps.c for GNU gv 3.6.2, and possibly earlier versions, allows user-assisted attackers to execute arbitrary code via a PostScript (PS) file with certain headers that contain long comments, as demonstrated using the (1) DocumentMedia, (2) DocumentPaperSizes, and possibly (3) PageMedia and (4) PaperSize headers. NOTE: this issue can be exploited through other products that use gv such as evince.

Source:  MITRE      Last Modified:  11/10/2006      View Analysis Description

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Access Vector:
Network exploitable - Victim must voluntarily interact with attack mechanism
Access Complexity:
Not required to exploit
Impact Type:
Provides user account access, Allows partial confidentiality, integrity, and availability violation; Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (09/07/2007)

Red Hat is aware of this issue and is tracking it via the following bug for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1. This issue did not affect Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 or 4. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact, a future update may address this flaw. More information regarding issue severity can be found here: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is not vulnerable to this issue as it contains a backported patch. The risks associated with fixing this bug are greater than the low severity security risk. We therefore currently have no plans to fix this flaw in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 which is in maintenance mode.

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Hyperlink Resource Type Source Name External Source GENTOO GLSA-200611-20 External Source GENTOO GLSA-200703-24 External Source GENTOO GLSA-200704-06 External Source DEBIAN DSA-1214 External Source DEBIAN DSA-1243 US Government Resource External Source CERT-VN VU#352825 External Source MANDRIVA MDKSA-2006:214 External Source MANDRIVA MDKSA-2006:229 External Source SUSE SUSE-SR:2006:026 External Source SUSE SUSE-SR:2006:028 External Source SUSE SUSE-SR:2006:029 External Source BUGTRAQ 20061109 GNU gv Stack Overflow Vulnerability External Source BUGTRAQ 20061112 Re: GNU gv Stack Overflow Vulnerability External Source BUGTRAQ 20061128 evince buffer overflow exploit (gv) Exploit External Source BID 20978 External Source UBUNTU USN-390-1 External Source UBUNTU USN-390-2 External Source UBUNTU USN-390-3 Vendor Advisory External Source VUPEN ADV-2006-4424 Vendor Advisory External Source VUPEN ADV-2006-4747 External Source XF gnu-gv-buffer-overflow(30153) External Source XF evince-postscript-bo(30555) External Source CONFIRM External Source EXPLOIT-DB 2858

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