USN-2434-2: Ghostscript vulnerability

8 December 2014

ghostscript vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • ghostscript - PostScript and PDF interpreter


USN-2434-1 fixed a vulnerability in JasPer. This update provides the corresponding fix for the JasPer library embedded in the Ghostscript package.

Original advisory details:

Jose Duart discovered that JasPer incorrectly handled certain malformed JPEG-2000 image files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted JPEG-2000 image file, a remote attacker could cause JasPer to crash or 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.1-0ubuntu5.6

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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