Ubuntu 7.10 : hplip vulnerabilities (USN-674-2)

High Nessus Plugin ID 37203


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


USN-674-1 provided packages to fix vulnerabilities in HPLIP. Due to an internal archive problem, the updates for Ubuntu 7.10 would not install properly. This update provides fixed packages for Ubuntu 7.10.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

It was discovered that the hpssd tool of hplip did not validate privileges in the alert-mailing function. A local attacker could exploit this to gain privileges and send e-mail messages from the account of the hplip user. This update alters hplip behaviour by preventing users from setting alerts and by moving alert configuration to a root-controlled /etc/hp/alerts.conf file. (CVE-2008-2940)

It was discovered that the hpssd tool of hplip did not correctly handle certain commands. A local attacker could use a specially crafted packet to crash hpssd, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2008-2941).

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.


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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 37203

File Name: ubuntu_USN-674-2.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2016/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:hpijs, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:hpijs-ppds, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:hplip, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:hplip-data, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:hplip-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:hplip-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:hplip-gui, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/11/24

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2940, CVE-2008-2941

USN: 674-2

CWE: 20, 264