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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   CUPS Vendors:   Easy Software Products
CUPS on Mandriva Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1021637
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2009-0032   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Nov 19 2009
Original Entry Date:  Jan 26 2009
Impact:   User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in CUPS as distributed on Mandriva Linux. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user can create a symbolic link (symlink) from a critical file on the system to the '/tmp/pdf.log' temporary file. Then, the local user can invoke CUPS to overwrite the symlinked file.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   Mandriva has issued a fix.

The Mandriva advisories are available at:

Cause:   Access control error, Configuration error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Mandriva/Mandrake)
Underlying OS Comments:  2008.0, 2008.1, 2009.0, Corporate 3.0, Corporate 4.0, Multi Network Firewall 2.0

Message History:   None.

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Subject:  [Security Announce] [ MDVSA-2009:027 ] cups

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 Mandriva Linux Security Advisory                         MDVSA-2009:027

 Package : cups
 Date    : January 24, 2009
 Affected: 2009.0

 Problem Description:

 A vulnerability has been discovered in CUPS shipped with Mandriva
 Linux which allows local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a
 symlink attack on the /tmp/pdf.log temporary file (CVE-2009-0032).
 The updated packages have been patched to prevent this.


 Updated Packages:

 Mandriva Linux 2009.0:
 caaa187da8956be8f641515ea9290e08  2009.0/i586/cups-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.i586.rpm
 9e704aff739f01e73678adc310b804f0  2009.0/i586/cups-common-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.i586.rpm
 43c2279f88b8cab5f9ebf3041d7ae684  2009.0/i586/cups-serial-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.i586.rpm
 3f8caca75583e8c1757504a2f6b42bc0  2009.0/i586/libcups2-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.i586.rpm
 04e2bca2ed50f7dfde7d5f5575e9f0db  2009.0/i586/libcups2-devel-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.i586.rpm
 4e92aef011534069bf638e6d67e8aacc  2009.0/i586/php-cups-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.i586.rpm 
 3560fcb8fd60eb74decd107e5d93a72f  2009.0/SRPMS/cups-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.src.rpm

 Mandriva Linux 2009.0/X86_64:
 bca632f80da6585f96961249a85814b3  2009.0/x86_64/cups-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.x86_64.rpm
 284e9fa1ec2e0e600d5b84a5d442cf83  2009.0/x86_64/cups-common-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.x86_64.rpm
 25b4748dc3e4f89c41144860afc07c5c  2009.0/x86_64/cups-serial-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.x86_64.rpm
 2f80db085873ba84d0e03cc93e0414f1  2009.0/x86_64/lib64cups2-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.x86_64.rpm
 9f2d6af604776711a6069675fc691735  2009.0/x86_64/lib64cups2-devel-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.x86_64.rpm
 6b406299606abfac95de8010dd42017e  2009.0/x86_64/php-cups-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.x86_64.rpm 
 3560fcb8fd60eb74decd107e5d93a72f  2009.0/SRPMS/cups-1.3.9-0.2mdv2009.0.src.rpm

 To upgrade automatically use MandrivaUpdate or urpmi.  The verification
 of md5 checksums and GPG signatures is performed automatically for you.

 All packages are signed by Mandriva for security.  You can obtain the
 GPG public key of the Mandriva Security Team by executing:

  gpg --recv-keys --keyserver 0x22458A98

 You can view other update advisories for Mandriva Linux at:

 If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact


 Type Bits/KeyID     Date       User ID
 pub  1024D/22458A98 2000-07-10 Mandriva Security Team
Version: GnuPG v1.4.9 (GNU/Linux)


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