USN-708-1: HPLIP vulnerability

13 January 2009

hplip vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 7.10

Software Description

  • hplip


It was discovered that an installation script in the HPLIP package would change permissions on the hplip config files located in user’s home directories. A local user could exploit this and change permissions on arbitrary files upon an HPLIP installation or upgrade, which could lead to root privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.10
hplip - 2.7.7.dfsg.1-0ubuntu5.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes.