Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 7.10 / 8.04 LTS : hplip vulnerabilities (USN-674-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 37887


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


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.

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: High

ID: 37887

File Name: ubuntu_USN-674-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

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, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:hplip-ppds, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/11/19

Reference Information

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

OSVDB: 47600

USN: 674-1

CWE: 20, 264