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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2008.0798 -- [RedHat]
Moderate: hplip security update
13 August 2008
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Publisher: Red Hat
Operating System: Red Hat Linux 5
UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact: Increased Privileges
Denial of Service
Access: Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2008-2941 CVE-2008-2940
Original Bulletin: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2008-0818.html
Comment: This advisory references vulnerabilities in products which run on
platforms other than RedHat. It is recommended that administrators
running hplip check for an updated version of the software for
their operating system.
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Red Hat Security Advisory
Synopsis: Moderate: hplip security update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2008:0818-02
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2008-0818.html
Issue date: 2008-08-12
CVE Names: CVE-2008-2940 CVE-2008-2941
Updated hplip packages that fix various security issues are now available
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.
2. Relevant releases/architectures:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client) - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server) - i386, ia64, ppc, x86_64
The hplip (Hewlett-Packard Linux Imaging and Printing) packages provide
drivers for Hewlett-Packard printers and multifunction peripherals.
A flaw was discovered in the hplip alert-mailing functionality. A local
attacker could elevate their privileges by using specially-crafted packets
to trigger alert mails, which are sent by the root account. (CVE-2008-2940)
A flaw was discovered in the hpssd message parser. By sending
specially-crafted packets, a local attacker could cause a denial of
service, stopping the hpssd process. (CVE-2008-2941)
Users of hplip should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain
backported patches to correct these issues.
Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied.
This update is available via Red Hat Network. Details on how to use
the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
5. Bugs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):
455235 - CVE-2008-2940 hpssd of hplip allows unprivileged user to trigger alert mail
457052 - CVE-2008-2941 hplip hpssd.py Denial-Of-Service parsing vulnerability
6. Package List:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client):
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server):
These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key and
details on how to verify the signature are available from
The Red Hat security contact is <email@example.com>. More contact
details at https://www.redhat.com/security/team/contact/
Copyright 2008 Red Hat, Inc.
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