Red Hat Security Advisory: lpr has a format string security bug, LPRng compat issues, and a race cond.Oct 04, 2000, 20:36 (1 Talkback[s])
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 13:01 -0400
Red Hat, Inc. Security Advisory Synopsis: lpr has a format string security bug, LPRng compat issues, and a race cond. Advisory ID: RHSA-2000:066-03 Issue date: 2000-09-25 Updated on: 2000-10-04 Product: Red Hat Linux Keywords: lpr security lpd LPRng Cross references: N/A
lpr has a format string security bug. It also mishandles any extension to the lpd communication protocol, and assumes that the instructions contained in the extension are a file it should try to print. It also has a race condition in the handling of queue interactions that can cause the queue to wedge.
2. Relevant releases/architectures:
Red Hat Linux 5.0 - i386, alpha
3. Problem description:
The old BSD-based lpr which we shipped with Red Hat Linux 5.x and 6.x has a recently discovered format string bug in its calls to the syslog facility. While we are not aware of any exploits for this issue, it might be possible for a user to gain local root access. For this reason, upgrading to the new lpr is strongly encouraged.
Additionally, lpr did not properly handle extensions to the lpd protocol. LPRng, an advanced replacement for lpr included in Red Hat Linux 7, makes use of extensions. The lpr included in Red Hat Linux 6.2 and earlier will not recognize these extensions, and attempt to handle the instructions as if they were a file to be printed. As a result, the lpr system sends out three of the following email messages per print job:
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 21:36:32 -0400 From: bin <firstname.lastname@example.org> Reply-To: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: lp printer job "(stdin)"Your printer job ((stdin)) was not printed because the daemon could not stat the file
Additionaly, a race condition exists in the contention for the lock file, making it posible for the queue to get into a wedged state.
These problems are now fixed.
For each RPM for your particular architecture, run:
rpm -Fvh [filename]
where filename is the name of the RPM.
Additionally, after upgrading, you will want to restart your "lpd" service by executing the following as root:
If you do not need printing at all on your system, we recommend you remove the lpr print system:
5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla for more info):
16032 - LPRng lpd/BSD lpd generate stat errors in LPRng->BSD
6. RPMs required:
Red Hat Linux 5.2:
Red Hat Linux 6.2:
MD5 sum Package Name
8320299c73f4fb86ba0ff8738eb363b5 5.2/SRPMS/lpr-0.50-7.src.rpm ed03f53623add36f3b6da694c49c89c2 5.2/alpha/lpr-0.50-7.alpha.rpm bf72425f9ddb0f8d9e2643fbea360f23 5.2/i386/lpr-0.50-7.i386.rpm cc2da623757572ed07ab4d88c57422ae 5.2/sparc/lpr-0.50-7.sparc.rpm f6082e546a94575ab4c147bc9440bdd1 6.2/SRPMS/lpr-0.50-7.src.rpm eaade33acd33346611b7171c2dd7ea03 6.2/alpha/lpr-0.50-7.alpha.rpm 542a70425ac1b75fb78880fc08f01986 6.2/i386/lpr-0.50-7.i386.rpm 81a48e5d2d91d54d4ea8a4f9c89d5a41 6.2/sparc/lpr-0.50-7.sparc.rpmThese packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security. Our key is available at:
You can verify each package with the following command:
If you only wish to verify that each package has not been
corrupted or tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the
Thanks go to Chris Evans for spotting this in the OpenBSD lpr CVS commit logs, and verifying the problem existed for Linux as well.
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