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Ghostscript crashes when passing a null ipsp->ip value to the gs_type2_interpret function

Vulnerability Note VU#538191

Original Release Date: 2010-10-12 | Last Revised: 2010-11-30


The gs_type2_interpret function which is a part of Ghostscript is prone to denial-of-service conditions.


Ghostscript contains a function called gs_type2_interpret which is not performing null value error checking. A specially crafted document can cause Ghostscript to deference a null pointer, causing a denial-of-service condition.


An attacker may use a specially crafted document to cause a denial-of-service condition.



According to the vendor's release notes this has been fixed in revision 10590.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Artifex Software, Inc.

Notified:  July 29, 2010 Updated:  October 12, 2010



Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.

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Thanks to Jonathan Brossard at P1 Code Security for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Michael Orlando.

Other Information

CVE IDs: None
Severity Metric: 0.36
Date Public: 2010-01-06
Date First Published: 2010-10-12
Date Last Updated: 2010-11-30 20:21 UTC
Document Revision: 22

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