Check Point Advisories

Artifex Ghostscript Remote Code Execution (CVE-2018-16509)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2018-2118
Date Published: 18 Sep 2022
Severity: High
Last Updated: Sunday 18 September, 2022
Industry Reference:CVE-2018-16509
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R81, R80, R77, R75

Who is Vulnerable? Redhat enterprise_linux_workstation 7.0
Redhat enterprise_linux_desktop 7.0
Redhat enterprise_linux_server_eus 7.5
Debian debian_linux 8.0
Canonical ubuntu_linux 16.04
Redhat enterprise_linux_server 6.0
Artifex Ghostscript prior to 9.24
Debian debian_linux 9.0
Redhat enterprise_linux_desktop 6.0
Artifex gpl_ghostscript prior to 9.26
Redhat enterprise_linux_server 7.0
Canonical ubuntu_linux 18.04
Redhat enterprise_linux_workstation 6.0
Canonical ubuntu_linux 14.04
Vulnerability Description A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Artifex Ghostscript. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the affected system.

Protection Overview

This protection detects attempts to exploit this vulnerability.

In order for the protection to be activated, update your Security Gateway product to the latest IPS update. For information on how to update IPS, go to SBP-2006-05, click on Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

Security Gateway R81 / R80 / R77 / R75

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Artifex Ghostscript Remote Code Execution (CVE-2018-16509) protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all Security Gateways.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  ICMP Protocol Violation.
Attack Information:  Artifex Ghostscript Remote Code Execution (CVE-2018-16509)

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