Bug 1870227 (CVE-2020-16297) - CVE-2020-16297 ghostscript: buffer overflow in FloydSteinbergDitheringC() in contrib/gdevbjca.c could result in a DoS
Summary: CVE-2020-16297 ghostscript: buffer overflow in FloydSteinbergDitheringC() in ...
Alias: CVE-2020-16297
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 1870228 1872063 1872064
Blocks: 1870273
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2020-08-19 15:10 UTC by Michael Kaplan
Modified: 2021-05-18 20:35 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

Fixed In Version: ghostscript 9.51
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Last Closed: 2021-05-18 20:35:19 UTC

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Description Michael Kaplan 2020-08-19 15:10:08 UTC
A buffer overflow vulnerability in FloydSteinbergDitheringC() in contrib/gdevbjca.c of Artifex Software GhostScript v9.50 allows a remote attacker to cause a denial of service via a crafted PDF file. This is fixed in v9.51.



Comment 1 Michael Kaplan 2020-08-19 15:10:48 UTC
Created ghostscript tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1870228]

Comment 3 Todd Cullum 2020-08-24 22:58:10 UTC
Flaw summary:

FloydSteinbergDitheringC() in /contrib/gdevbjca.c processes gamma tables row-by-row and could perform a buffer overread if row data was too large. Since the row data is collected from a PDF, an attacker would need to supply a crafted PDF to be parsed by ghostscript in order to potentially cause a denial of service.

Comment 5 Todd Cullum 2020-08-24 22:59:16 UTC

Mitigation for this issue is either not available or the currently available options do not meet the Red Hat Product Security criteria comprising ease of use and deployment, applicability to widespread installation base or stability.

Comment 6 errata-xmlrpc 2021-05-18 15:37:00 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

Via RHSA-2021:1852 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2021:1852

Comment 7 Product Security DevOps Team 2021-05-18 20:35:19 UTC
This bug is now closed. Further updates for individual products will be reflected on the CVE page(s):


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