RHEL 4 : cups (RHSA-2005:772)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 19834


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


Updated CUPS packages that fix a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

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

A bug was found in the way CUPS processes malformed HTTP requests. It is possible for a remote user capable of connecting to the CUPS daemon to issue a malformed HTTP GET request that causes CUPS to enter an infinite loop. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2005-2874 to this issue.

Two small bugs have also been fixed in this update. A signal handling problem has been fixed that could occasionally cause the scheduler to stop when told to reload. A problem with tracking open file descriptors under certain specific circumstances has also been fixed.

All users of CUPS should upgrade to these erratum packages, which contain a patch to correct this issue.


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

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 19834

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-772.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.19 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/10/05

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/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:4

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/09/27

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/12/31

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2874

OSVDB: 12834

RHSA: 2005:772