DescriptionStack-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.
SourceCVE (at NVD; CERT, LWN, oss-sec, fulldisc, bugtraq, EDB, Metasploit, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Gentoo, SuSE, Mageia, GitHub code/issues, web search, more)
ReferencesDSA-1214, DSA-1243-1
NVD severitymedium (attack range: remote)
Debian Bugs398292, 400904, 400906, 402063

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
evince (PTS)wheezy3.4.0-3.1fixed
stretch, sid3.22.1-2fixed
gv (PTS)wheezy1:3.7.3-1fixed
jessie, stretch, sid1:3.7.4-1fixed

The information below is based on the following data on fixed versions.

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs
evincesource(unstable)0.4.0-3medium400904, 400906, 402063

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