Artifex Ghostscript up to 9.23 PostScript File Temp File information disclosure

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A vulnerability was found in Artifex Ghostscript up to 9.23 (Document Processing Software). It has been declared as problematic. Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown code of the component PostScript File Handler. The manipulation as part of a Temp File leads to a information disclosure vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-200. The product exposes sensitive information to an actor that is not explicitly authorized to have access to that information. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality.

The bug was discovered 08/24/2018. The weakness was released 09/05/2018 (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2018-16539 since 09/05/2018. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. It demands that the victim is doing some kind of user interaction. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available. The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1592 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 12 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 117487 (Debian DLA-1504-1 : ghostscript security update), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Debian Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 237067 (Red Hat Update for ghostscript (RHSA-2018:3650)).

Upgrading to version 9.24 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 2 weeks after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (117487). Entries connected to this vulnerability are available at 116568, 118612, 123287 and 123288.







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VulDB Meta Base Score: 4.4
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 4.3

VulDB Base Score: 3.3
VulDB Temp Score: 3.2
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Class: Information disclosure
CWE: CWE-200 / CWE-284 / CWE-266
ATT&CK: T1592

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Not defined

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Nessus ID: 117487
Nessus Name: Debian DLA-1504-1 : ghostscript security update
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Ghostscript 9.24
Patch: a054156d425b4dbdaaa9fda4b5f1182b27598c2b


08/24/2018 🔍
08/28/2018 +4 days 🔍
09/05/2018 +7 days 🔍
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09/06/2018 +1 days 🔍
09/13/2018 +7 days 🔍
09/14/2018 +1 days 🔍
05/07/2023 +1696 days 🔍



Advisory: RHSA-2018:3650
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2018-16539 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 105178 - Ghostscript 'shading_param' Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

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Created: 09/06/2018 02:12 PM
Updated: 05/07/2023 09:56 AM
Changes: 09/06/2018 02:12 PM (79), 03/20/2020 09:10 PM (4), 05/07/2023 09:56 AM (6)
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