Gentoo Logo

foomatic-filters: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 201203-07 / foomatic-filters
Release Date March 06, 2012
Latest Revision March 06, 2012: 1
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-print/foomatic-filters < 4.0.9 >= 4.0.9 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #379559


A vulnerability in foomatic-filters could result in the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


The foomatic-filters package contains wrapper scripts which are designed to be used with Foomatic.


The foomatic-rip filter improperly handles command-line arguments, including those issued by FoomaticRIPCommandLine fields in PPD files.


A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted PPD file, possibly resulting in execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the system user "lp".

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All foomatic-filters users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

  # emerge --sync
  # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose

4.  References


Page updated March 06, 2012

Summary: This is a Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Security Team
Contact Address

Donate to support our development efforts.

Copyright 2001-2015 Gentoo Foundation, Inc. Questions, Comments? Contact us.