RHEL 3 : cups (RHSA-2005:049)

High Nessus Plugin ID 16297


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated CUPS packages that fixes a security issue are now available.

The Common UNIX Printing System provides a portable printing layer for UNIX(R) operating systems.

A buffer overflow flaw was found in the Decrypt::makeFileKey2 function of Xpdf which also affects the CUPS pdftops filter due to a shared codebase. An attacker who has the ability to send a malicious PDF file to a printer could possibly execute arbitrary code as the 'lp' user.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2005-0064 to this issue.

Red Hat believes that the Exec-Shield technology (enabled by default since Update 3) will block attempts to remotely exploit these buffer overflow vulnerabilities on x86 architectures.

All users of cups should upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve these issues.


Update the affected cups, cups-devel and / or cups-libs packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 16297

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-049.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.21 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/02/02

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:cups, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:cups-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:cups-libs, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Patch Publication Date: 2005/02/01

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/01/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-0064

OSVDB: 13050

RHSA: 2005:049