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Security Advisory Comprehensive Printing Update

Advisory: RHSA-2001:138-10
Type: Security Advisory
Severity: N/A
Issued on: 2001-10-22
Last updated on: 2001-10-31
Affected Products: Red Hat Linux 7.2
CVEs ( CVE-2001-1353


A collection of security fixes, bug fixes, and functionality updates,
including the Omni print drivers from IBM.

This update addresses the following issues:

A printing security hole, whereby non-local users could print the contents
of any file on the system which the 'lp' user was capable of reading. This
was solved by giving Ghostscript a 'PARANOIDSAFER' mode, which will not
open external files.

A foomatic printing database bug, which caused all users of the 'stp'
driver, including virtually all Epson printers, to fail to print as a
result of miscalculated driver data.

A filtration problem, which caused many PCL and PJL printers to produce
garbage. This was solved by switching to the foomatic distributed
'lpdomatic' program for filtration.

A few printconf crashers in the new printconf-tui programme.

And in addition, this update adds the Omni print drivers from IBM, which
support an additional 300 printers.


Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filenames]

where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade. Only those
RPMs which are currently installed will be updated. Those RPMs which are
not installed but included in the list will not be updated. Note that you
can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory *only* contains
desired RPMs.

After updating the rpms, you will need to restart your print server, by

/sbin/service lpd restart

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network. Many
people find this an easier way to apply updates. To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:


This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.

Updated packages

Red Hat Linux 7.2

Missing file
    MD5: b5fb0f362d02b7603a6457f9f22c7805
Missing file
    MD5: b5fb0f362d02b7603a6457f9f22c7805
File outdated by:  RHBA-2001:174
    MD5: c5d165452bbfe1a0012f056312894c11
File outdated by:  RHSA-2002:083
    MD5: 080116d5dd7f3808a0b480ec08ad3f75
Missing file
    MD5: cfed0e7eb8816db262b2d7fdc8ea6c65
Missing file
    MD5: 93f6ffeb3997ee63ccc8edb60c1d3b4c
File outdated by:  RHBA-2001:174
    MD5: 36dabdc01cae9f01f6b31ebc9d3c786e
File outdated by:  RHSA-2003:181
    MD5: 9ee8a1d12bbbe8e571262583bceb1dfa
File outdated by:  RHSA-2002:083
    MD5: 66f6a934d31cd78ac7b51c3b2dc5e168
File outdated by:  RHSA-2002:083
    MD5: 36562b52000f29159ac5f46f9afc1d80



foomatic, ghostscript, Omni, printconf, printing

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