CVE-2006-5864

Impact:
Low
Public Date:
2006-11-29
Bugzilla:
217672: CVE-2006-5864 evince contains a buffer overflow in get_next_text()

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

Stack-based buffer overflow in the ps_gettext function in ps.c for GNU gv 3.6.2, and possibly earlier versions, allows user-assisted attackers to execute arbitrary code via a PostScript (PS) file with certain headers that contain long comments, as demonstrated using the (1) DocumentMedia, (2) DocumentPaperSizes, and possibly (3) PageMedia and (4) PaperSize headers. NOTE: this issue can be exploited through other products that use gv such as evince.

Find out more about CVE-2006-5864 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.

Statement

Red Hat is aware of this issue and is tracking it via the following bug for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1. This issue did not affect Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 or 4.
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=215593

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact, a future update may address this flaw. More information regarding issue severity can be found here:
http://www.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is not vulnerable to this issue as it contains a backported patch.

The risks associated with fixing this bug are greater than the low severity security risk. We therefore currently have no plans to fix this flaw in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 which is in maintenance mode.

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