Bug 697529 - 'invalidfileaccess -9' when opening converted file with evince
Summary: 'invalidfileaccess -9' when opening converted file with evince
Alias: None
Product: Ghostscript
Classification: Unclassified
Component: PS Interpreter (show other bugs)
Version: 9.20
Hardware: PC Linux
: P4 normal
Assignee: Ken Sharp
QA Contact: Bug traffic
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-02-01 07:02 UTC by David Kaspar [Dee'Kej]
Modified: 2017-02-01 07:23 UTC (History)
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simple PDF used to reproduce the issue (9.23 KB, application/pdf)
2017-02-01 07:02 UTC, David Kaspar [Dee'Kej]

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Description David Kaspar [Dee'Kej] 2017-02-01 07:02:14 UTC
Created attachment 13339 [details]
simple PDF used to reproduce the issue

Hello folks,

we received an information that after applying the patches for
> CVE-2013-5653
> CVE-2016-7977
> CVE-2016-7979
> CVE-2016-8602
in RHEL-6.8, converting a PDF with 'pdf2dsc input.pdf output.dsc' will produce a file which is no longer readable with 'evince'.

I was able to reproduce this on Fedora 25 (ghostscript-9.20) and even with latest fresh ("vanilla") build from your git repository.

Opening the output.dsc file with 'evince' in console will produce this error:
[upstream||ghostpdl/bin] u= [master *] $ ./gs -q -dNODISPLAY -P- -dSAFER -dDELAYSAFER -sPDFname=./input.pdf -sDSCname=./output.dsc ../lib/pdf2dsc.ps -c quit

[upstream||ghostpdl/bin] u= [master *] $ evince output.dsc

(evince:15387): Gtk-WARNING **: Allocating size to EvSidebar 0x556a74284540 without calling gtk_widget_get_preferred_width/height(). How does the code know the size to allocate?
invalidfileaccess -9
invalidfileaccess -9
invalidfileaccess -9
invalidfileaccess -9

The evince will end up stuck in endless loop while "Loading..." the contents of output.dsc.

I'm attaching the input.pdf file, so you can reproduce this yourself.

NOTE: The original reporter (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1411843) encountered different problem in RHEL-6.8. That problem (during conversion) has been fixed by applying the patch from commit below:

So, we're now able to convert the file successfully, but nevertheless - the problem described above arised, which is reproducible on latest version as well.
Comment 1 Ken Sharp 2017-02-01 07:23:06 UTC
The pdf2dsc PostScript program produces a file of the form:

(input.pdf) (r) file { DELAYSAFER { .setsafe } if } stopped pop
 pdfopen begin

This has several implications:

1) It will only work with Ghostscript, since it uses Ghostscript-specific PostScript extensions.

2) If you run this with -dSAFER then it will be unable to open the file 'input.pdf' (unless it is in a location specifically permitted for opening). The 'dsc' file requires you to run with -dDELAYSAFER.

I suspect that the change in behaviour is due to SAFER being fixed so that it works as expected. Which breaks this file if you run with -dSAFER.

As I said on IRC, if you want a PostScript file, use the ps2write device to create a real PostScript file which is DSC-compliant *and* works with other PostScript consumers. And doesn't require you to set -dDELAYSAFER either.

Oh, and you'll need to use something more recent than 8.70 to get DSC-compliant PostScript out of the ps2write device I think.