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Category:Red Hat Local Security Checks
Title:RedHat Security Advisory RHSA-2005:040

The remote host is missing updates announced in
advisory RHSA-2005:040.

GNU enscript converts ASCII files to PostScript.

Enscript has the ability to interpret special escape sequences. A flaw was
found in the handling of the epsf command used to insert inline EPS files
into a document. An attacker could create a carefully crafted ASCII file
which made use of the epsf pipe command in such a way that it could execute
arbitrary commands if the file was opened with enscript by a victim. The
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned
the name CVE-2004-1184 to this issue.

Additional flaws in Enscript were also discovered which can only be
triggered by executing enscript with carefully crafted command line
arguments. These flaws therefore only have a security impact if enscript
is executed by other programs and passed untrusted data from remote users.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has
assigned the names CVE-2004-1185 and CVE-2004-1186 to these issues.

All users of enscript should upgrade to these updated packages, which
contain backported patches to correct these issues.

Please note that this update is available via
Red Hat Network. To use Red Hat Network, launch the Red
Hat Update Agent with the following command: up2date

Risk factor : High

CVSS Score:

Cross-Ref: Common Vulnerability Exposure (CVE) ID: CVE-2004-1184
BugTraq ID: 12329
Bugtraq: 20060526 rPSA-2006-0083-1 enscript (Google Search)
Cert/CC Advisory: TA09-133A
Debian Security Information: DSA-654 (Google Search)
XForce ISS Database: enscript-epsf-command-ececution(19012)
Common Vulnerability Exposure (CVE) ID: CVE-2004-1185
XForce ISS Database: enscript-filename-command-execution(19029)
Common Vulnerability Exposure (CVE) ID: CVE-2004-1186
XForce ISS Database: enscript-multiple-bo(19033)
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