Apple cups 1.2.2/1.3.7/1.3.9/1.4.1 lppasswd.c _cupsGetlang access control

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A vulnerability has been found in Apple cups 1.2.2/1.3.7/1.3.9/1.4.1 (Printing Software) and classified as critical. This vulnerability affects the function _cupsGetlang of the file lppasswd.c. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-264. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

The _cupsGetlang function, as used by lppasswd.c in lppasswd in CUPS 1.2.2, 1.3.7, 1.3.9, and 1.4.1, relies on an environment variable to determine the file that provides localized message strings, which allows local users to gain privileges via a file that contains crafted localization data with format string specifiers.

The weakness was presented 03/05/2010 by Ronald Volgers as Bug 558460 as not defined bug report (Bugzilla). The advisory is available at This vulnerability was named CVE-2010-0393 since 01/27/2010. Local access is required to approach this attack. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. Technical details are known, but there is no available exploit. The structure of the vulnerability defines a possible price range of USD $5k-$25k at the moment (estimation calculated on 09/05/2021). This vulnerability is assigned to T1068 by the MITRE ATT&CK project.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 44988 (Debian DSA-2007-1 : cups - format string vulnerability), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Debian Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 165236 (SUSE Security Update for Multiple Packages (SUSE-SR:2010:007)).

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (56669), Vulnerability Center (SBV-24981) and Tenable (44988). See 47258, 51975, 51728 and 51369 for similar entries.





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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-264
ATT&CK: T1068

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Nessus ID: 44988
Nessus Name: Debian DSA-2007-1 : cups - format string vulnerability
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OpenVAS ID: 67031
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 2007-1 (cups)
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Advisory: Bug 558460
Researcher: Ronald Volgers
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CVE: CVE-2010-0393 (🔍)

X-Force: 56669
Vulnerability Center: 24981 - CUPS cupsGetlang Vulnerability Allows Local Attackers to Execute Arbitrary Code with Root Privileges, High
SecurityFocus: 38524 - CUPS 'lppasswd' Tool Localized Message String Security Weakness

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Created: 03/18/2015 03:15 PM
Updated: 09/05/2021 07:24 AM
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