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Xpdf, CUPS: Multiple integer overflows


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200410-20 / Xpdf
Release Date October 21, 2004
Latest Revision November 06, 2004: 02
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-text/xpdf <= 3.00-r4 >= 3.00-r5 All supported architectures
net-print/cups <= 1.1.20-r4 >= 1.1.20-r5 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #69662


Multiple integer overflows were discovered in Xpdf, potentially resulting in execution of arbitrary code upon viewing a malicious PDF file. CUPS includes Xpdf code and therefore is vulnerable to the same issues.

2.  Impact Information


Xpdf is an open source viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) is a cross-platform print spooler that includes some Xpdf code.


Chris Evans discovered multiple integer overflow issues in Xpdf.


An attacker could entice an user to open a specially-crafted PDF file, potentially resulting in execution of arbitrary code with the rights of the user running Xpdf. By enticing an user to directly print the PDF file to a CUPS printer, an attacker could also crash the CUPS spooler or execute arbitrary code with the rights of the CUPS spooler, which is usually the "lp" user.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Xpdf users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-text/xpdf-3.00-r5"

All CUPS users should also upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.2: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-print/cups-1.1.20-r5"

4.  References


Page updated October 21, 2004

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