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Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 11:50:48 +0200
From: Tomas Hoger <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: ghostscript and gv

On Sun, 30 May 2010 22:08:12 +0200 Bernhard R. Link wrote:

> Gs's -P- not working (at least for, is definitly a bug
> that needs to be fixed.

I believe we should try to clarify what CVE-2010-2055 got actually
assigned to, as it seems to be used for more than one thing:

- ghostscript uses CWD to search for initialization files
- gv did not pass -P- to gs, leading to problems related to the default
  mentioned above
- some ghostscript versions search CWD even when started with -P-

> I personally would also suggest fixing gs to not look in the current
> directory by default (looking for important stuff in the current
> directory is really always a bad idea). I guess the problem is how to
> fix it.

As previously mentioned, upstream changed SEARCH_HERE_FIRST default to
address this.  I believe SuSE updates did the same change already too.

Tomas Hoger / Red Hat Security Response Team

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