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Vulnerability Details : CVE-2008-3863

Stack-based buffer overflow in the read_special_escape function in src/psgen.c in GNU Enscript 1.6.1 and 1.6.4 beta, when the -e (aka special escapes processing) option is enabled, allows user-assisted remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted ASCII file, related to the setfilename command.
Publish Date : 2008-10-23 Last Update Date : 2018-10-11
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- CVSS Scores & Vulnerability Types

CVSS Score
Confidentiality Impact Complete (There is total information disclosure, resulting in all system files being revealed.)
Integrity Impact Complete (There is a total compromise of system integrity. There is a complete loss of system protection, resulting in the entire system being compromised.)
Availability Impact Complete (There is a total shutdown of the affected resource. The attacker can render the resource completely unavailable.)
Access Complexity High (Specialized access conditions exist. It is hard to exploit and several special conditions must be satisfied to exploit)
Authentication Not required (Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.)
Gained Access None
Vulnerability Type(s) Execute CodeOverflow
CWE ID 119

- Additional Vendor Supplied Data

Vendor Impact CVSS Score CVSS Vector Report Date Publish Date
Redhat moderate
AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P 2008-10-08 2008-10-22
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- Related OVAL Definitions

Title Definition Id Class Family
CVE-2008-3863 unix
DSA-1670 enscript -- buffer overflows oval:org.mitre.oval:def:7926 unix
DSA-1670-1 enscript - arbitrary code execution oval:org.mitre.oval:def:18482 unix
ELSA-2008:1016: enscript security update (Moderate) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:21904 unix
RHSA-2008:1016 -- enscript security update (Moderate) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:28976 unix
RHSA-2008:1016: enscript security update (Moderate) oval:com.redhat.rhsa:def:20081016 unix
RHSA-2008:1021: enscript security update (Moderate) oval:com.redhat.rhsa:def:20081021 unix
Stack-based buffer overflow in the read_special_escape function in src/psgen.c in GNU Enscript 1.6.1 and 1.6.4 beta, whe... oval:org.mitre.oval:def:9939 unix
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- Products Affected By CVE-2008-3863

# Product Type Vendor Product Version Update Edition Language
1 Application GNU Enscript 1.6.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
2 Application GNU Enscript 1.6.4 Beta Version Details Vulnerabilities

- Number Of Affected Versions By Product

Vendor Product Vulnerable Versions
GNU Enscript 2

- References For CVE-2008-3863
VUPEN ADV-2009-1297
XF gnuenscript-readspecialescape-bo(46026) CONFIRM
VUPEN ADV-2008-2891
CERT TA09-133A
BID 31858 GNU Enscript 'src/psgen.c' Stack Based Buffer Overflow Vulnerability Release Date:2009-05-14
BUGTRAQ 20081117 rPSA-2008-0321-1 enscript
BUGTRAQ 20081022 Secunia Research: GNU Enscript "setfilename" Special Escape Buffer Overflow
REDHAT RHSA-2008:1021
GENTOO GLSA-200812-02
APPLE APPLE-SA-2009-05-12
SUSE SUSE-SR:2008:024

- Metasploit Modules Related To CVE-2008-3863

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