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Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2018 10:11:34 -0700
From: Tavis Ormandy <>
Subject: Re: ghostscript: bypassing executeonly to escape
 -dSAFER sandbox (CVE-2018-17961)

On Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 9:53 AM Leonid Isaev <>

> On Tue, Oct 09, 2018 at 06:58:39AM -0700, Tavis Ormandy wrote:
> > Full working exploit that works in the last few versions is attached,
> > viewing it in evince, imagemagick, gimp, okular, etc should add a line to
> > ~/.bashrc.
> Add zathura to the above list :)
> > p.s. plz can we deprecate untrusted postscript :(
> Which means any postscript file downloaded from the internet... Then how
> should
> people read, for example?

I think we should encourage switching to other document formats that we
have a better handle on securing. If you do need untrusted ps, I think
treating it the same as shell script file you downloaded from the internet.

I mean, technically there's a bash restricted mode and python rexec, but
you probably wouldn't run it on random things you just downloaded.

gs -dSAFER and bash -r are useful features, but I think ever invoking them
automatically without prompts about trust, etc, is just asking for trouble.


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