Vulnerability Note VU#169841
dvips uses system() function insecurely thereby allowing arbitrary command execution
A vulnerability in the dvips utility can allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.
The dvips utility is used to convert DVI files to PostScript(TM). Typically the output is sent to the printer.
RHSA-2002:194-18 states the vulnerability occurs because dvips, "uses the system() function insecurely when managing fonts."
A remote attacker can execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the lp user.
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Systems Affected (Learn More)
|Vendor||Status||Date Notified||Date Updated|
|Debian||Affected||-||12 Dec 2002|
|Red Hat Inc.||Affected||-||16 Oct 2002|
CVSS Metrics (Learn More)
This document was written by Ian A. Finlay and is based on information provided by Red Hat Inc.
- CVE IDs: CAN-2002-0836
- Date Public: 15 Oct 2002
- Date First Published: 16 Oct 2002
- Date Last Updated: 12 Dec 2002
- Severity Metric: 24.84
- Document Revision: 14
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