USN-2520-1: CUPS vulnerability

26 February 2015

cups vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 14.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


CUPS could be made to crash or run programs if it processed a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • cups - Common UNIX Printing System™


Peter De Wachter discovered that CUPS incorrectly handled certain malformed compressed raster files. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause CUPS to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 14.10
cups - 1.7.5-3ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
cups - 1.7.2-0ubuntu1.5
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
cups - 1.5.3-0ubuntu8.6
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
cups - 1.4.3-1ubuntu1.14

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.