USN-660-1: enscript vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-660-1

3rd November, 2008

enscript vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software description

  • enscript


Ulf Härnhammar discovered multiple stack overflows in enscript's handling of
special escape arguments. If a user or automated system were tricked into
processing a malicious file with the "-e" option enabled, a remote attacker
could execute arbitrary code or cause enscript to crash, possibly leading
to a denial of service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.10:
enscript 1.6.4-12ubuntu0.8.10.1
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
enscript 1.6.4-12ubuntu0.8.04.1
Ubuntu 7.10:
enscript 1.6.4-11ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
enscript 1.6.4-7ubuntu0.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the
necessary changes.


CVE-2008-3863, CVE-2008-4306