RHEL 4 / 5 : system-config-printer (RHSA-2011:1196)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 55965


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


Updated system-config-printer packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

system-config-printer is a print queue configuration tool with a graphical user interface.

It was found that system-config-printer did not properly sanitize NetBIOS and workgroup names when searching for network printers. A remote attacker could use this flaw to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running system-config-printer. (CVE-2011-2899)

All users of system-config-printer are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve this issue. Running instances of system-config-printer must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected system-config-printer, system-config-printer-gui and / or system-config-printer-libs packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 55965

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2011-1196.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2011/08/24

Modified: 2017/01/04

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5.1

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:system-config-printer, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:system-config-printer-gui, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:system-config-printer-libs, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

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

Patch Publication Date: 2011/08/23

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-2899

OSVDB: 74870

RHSA: 2011:1196