An updated enscript package that fixes several security issues is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
GNU enscript converts ASCII files to PostScript. Enscript has the ability to interpret special escape sequences. A flaw was found in the handling of the epsf command used to insert inline EPS files into a document. An attacker could create a carefully crafted ASCII file which made use of the epsf pipe command in such a way that it could execute arbitrary commands if the file was opened with enscript by a victim. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2004-1184 to this issue. Additional flaws in Enscript were also discovered which can only be triggered by executing enscript with carefully crafted command line arguments. These flaws therefore only have a security impact if enscript is executed by other programs and passed untrusted data from remote users. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the names CAN-2004-1185 and CAN-2004-1186 to these issues. All users of enscript should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.