Ubuntu 4.10 : xpdf vulnerabilities (USN-2-1)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 20614


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Chris Evans discovered several integer overflow vulnerabilities in xpdf, a viewer for PDF files. The Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) also uses the same code to print PDF files. In either case, these vulnerabilities could be exploited by an attacker by providing a specially crafted PDF file which, when processed by CUPS or xpdf, could result in abnormal program termination or the execution of program code supplied by the attacker.

In the case of CUPS, this bug could be exploited to gain the privileges of the CUPS print server (by default, user cupsys).

In the case of xpdf, this bug could be exploited to gain the privileges of the user invoking xpdf.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 20614

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/01/15

Modified: 2016/05/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:cupsys, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:cupsys-bsd, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:cupsys-client, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libcupsimage2, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libcupsimage2-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libcupsys2-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libcupsys2-gnutls10, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:xpdf, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:xpdf-common, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:xpdf-reader, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:xpdf-utils, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:4.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 2004/10/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0889

USN: 2-1