CVE Number – CVE-2019-6116
A vulnerability in Artifex Software Ghostscript could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted system.The vulnerability exists because the affected software uses subroutines within pseudo-operator procedures, which could cause sensitive operators to be leaked on the operand stack. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by persuading a user to access a PostScript file that submits malicious input to the targeted system. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to bypass the affected application’s -dSAFER protection, which could allow the attacker to access sensitive information on the targeted system or execute arbitrary code.Proof-of-concept (PoC) code that demonstrates an exploit of this vulnerability is publicly available.Artifex Software has confirmed the vulnerability and released software updates.
- To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker may use misleading language or instructions to persuade a user to access a PostScript file that submits malicious input to the targeted system.
- Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.Administrators are advised to use an unprivileged account when browsing the Internet.Administrators are advised to monitor critical systems.Users are advised not to open email messages from suspicious or unrecognized sources. If users cannot verify that links or attachments included in email messages are safe, they are advised not to open them.Users are advised not to visit websites or follow links that have suspicious characteristics or cannot be verified as safe.
- Artifex Software has released a bug report for registered users at the following link: Bug #700317
- Artifex Software has released a set of patches at the following links: