VDB-99232 · CVE-2016-10218 · BID 97410

Artifex Ghostscript PDF Transparency Module base/gdevp14.c pdf14_pop_transparency_group null pointer dereference

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A vulnerability was found in Artifex Ghostscript (Document Processing Software) (the affected version is unknown). It has been declared as problematic. This vulnerability affects the function pdf14_pop_transparency_group of the file base/gdevp14.c of the component PDF Transparency Module. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a null pointer dereference vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-476. A NULL pointer dereference occurs when the application dereferences a pointer that it expects to be valid, but is NULL, typically causing a crash or exit. As an impact it is known to affect availability.

The bug was discovered 12/19/2016. The weakness was disclosed 04/03/2017 as confirmed git commit (GIT Repository). The advisory is shared for download at git.ghostscript.com. This vulnerability was named CVE-2016-10218 since 02/09/2017. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. Successful exploitation requires user interaction by the victim. There are known technical details, but no exploit is available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 105 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 100013 (Fedora 25 : ghostscript (2017-c85c0e5637)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Fedora Local Security Checks and running in the context local. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 277699 (Fedora Security Update for ghostscript (FEDORA-2017-a606d224a5)).

Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at git.ghostscript.com. A possible mitigation has been published 2 months after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (100013). The entries 99231, 99233, 99234 and 99248 are pretty similar.






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Class: Null pointer dereference
CWE: CWE-476 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 100013
Nessus Name: Fedora 25 : ghostscript (2017-c85c0e5637)
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OpenVAS ID: 867773
OpenVAS Name: Fedora Update for ghostscript FEDORA-2017-c85c0e5637
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Patch: d621292fb2c8157d9899dcd83fd04dd250e30fe4


12/19/2016 🔍
02/09/2017 +52 days 🔍
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05/06/2017 +33 days 🔍
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Vendor: artifex.com

Advisory: FEDORA-2017-c85c0e5637
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2016-10218 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 97410 - Ghostscript 'base/gxht_thresh.c' Heap Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
OSVDB: - CVE-2016-10218 - Ghostscript - Denial of Service Issue

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Created: 04/03/2017 04:54 PM
Updated: 11/24/2022 05:12 PM
Changes: 04/03/2017 04:54 PM (79), 08/25/2020 10:54 AM (6), 11/24/2022 05:05 PM (4), 11/24/2022 05:12 PM (1)
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