USN-3831-1: Ghostscript vulnerabilities

29 November 2018

ghostscript vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 18.10
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in Ghostscript.

Software Description

  • ghostscript - PostScript and PDF interpreter


It was discovered that Ghostscript contained multiple security issues. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted file, a remote attacker could possibly use these issues to access arbitrary files, execute arbitrary code, or cause a denial of service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.10
ghostscript - 9.26~dfsg+0-0ubuntu0.18.10.1
libgs9 - 9.26~dfsg+0-0ubuntu0.18.10.1
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
ghostscript - 9.26~dfsg+0-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
libgs9 - 9.26~dfsg+0-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
ghostscript - 9.26~dfsg+0-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
libgs9 - 9.26~dfsg+0-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
ghostscript - 9.26~dfsg+0-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
libgs9 - 9.26~dfsg+0-0ubuntu0.14.04.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

This update uses a new upstream release, which includes additional bug fixes. In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.