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CUPS: Stack overflow in included Xpdf code


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200501-30 / CUPS
Release Date January 22, 2005
Latest Revision January 22, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-print/cups < 1.1.23-r1 >= 1.1.23-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #78249


CUPS includes Xpdf code and therefore is vulnerable to the recent stack overflow issue, potentially resulting in the remote execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


The Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) is a cross-platform print spooler. It makes use of Xpdf code to handle PDF files.


The Decrypt::makeFileKey2 function in Xpdf's insufficiently checks boundaries when processing /Encrypt /Length tags in PDF files (GLSA 200501-28).


This issue could be exploited by a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code by sending a malicious print job to a CUPS spooler.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All CUPS users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-print/cups-1.1.23-r1"

4.  References


Page updated January 22, 2005

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