USN-1581-1: Ghostscript vulnerability

24 September 2012

ghostscript vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS


Ghostscript could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • ghostscript - The GPL Ghostscript PostScript/PDF interpreter


Marc Schönefeld discovered that Ghostscript did not correctly handle certain image files. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a specially crafted file, an attacker could cause a denial of service and possibly execute arbitrary code with user privileges.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
libgs8 - 8.71.dfsg.1-0ubuntu5.5
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
libgs8 - 8.61.dfsg.1-1ubuntu3.5

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.