KGhostview GSview DSC parser .ps input file buffer overflow

gsview-dsc-ps-bo (11319) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


GSview is vulnerable to a buffer overflow, caused by improper bounds checking of .ps (PostScript) input files. By creating a specially-crafted PostScript file, a remote or local attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system, once a victim opens the file.


Gain Access


For Red Hat Linux:
Upgrade to the latest kdegraphics package, as listed below. Refer to RHSA-2002:220-41 for more information. See References.

Red Hat Linux 7.2: 2.2.2-2.1 or later
Red Hat Linux 7.3: 3.0.3-0.7.2 or later
Red Hat Linux 8.0: 3.0.3-5 or later

For KDE KGhostView:
Apply the appropriate patch for your system, as listed in KDE Security Advisory 2002-10-08. See References.

For Mandrake Linux:
Upgrade to the latest kdegraphics package, as listed below. Refer to MandrakeSoft Security Advisory MDKSA-2002:071 : kdegraphics for more information. See References.

Mandrake Linux 8.1: 2.2.1-2.1mdk or later
Mandrake Linux 8.2: 2.2.2-15.1mdk or later
Mandrake Linux 9.0: 3.0.3-11.1mdk or later

For other distributions:
Contact your vendor for upgrade or patch information.


  • KDE Security Advisory 2002-10-08: KGhostview Arbitary Code Execution.
  • CVE-2002-1223: Buffer overflow in DSC 3.0 parser from GSview, as used in KGhostView in KDE 1.1 and KDE 3.0.3a, may allow attackers to cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code via a modified .ps (PostScript) input file.
  • OSVDB ID: 12995: KDE KGhostView GSview DSC Parser Overflow
  • RHSA-2002-220: Updated KDE packages fix security issues

Platforms Affected:

  • Ghostgum Software DSC (Document Structuring Conventions) 3.0
  • KDE KDE prior to 3.0.4
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 8.1
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 8.2
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.0
  • RedHat Linux 7.2
  • RedHat Linux 7.3
  • RedHat Linux 8.0


Oct 08, 2002

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