LPRng html2ps print filter could allow remote command execution

lprng-html2ps-command-execution (10526) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


The LPRng print spooler daemon included with multiple Linux distributions could allow a remote attacker to execute commands on the system, caused by a vulnerability in the html2ps print filter. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary commands on the system with the privileges of the lp user.


Gain Access


For SuSE Linux:
Upgrade to the latest html2ps and lpdfilter packages, as listed below. Refer to SuSE Security Announcement SuSE-SA:2002:040 for more information. See References.

SuSE 8.1 (Intel): html2ps-1.0b3-458 or later and lpdfilter-0.43-63 or later
SuSE 8.0 (Intel): html2ps-1.0b3-456 or later and lpdfilter-0.42-155 or later
SuSE 7.3 (Intel): html2ps-1.0b3-457 or later
SuSE 7.2 (Intel): html2ps-1.0b1-432 or later
SuSE 7.1 (Intel): html2ps-1.0b1-431 or later
SuSE 7.0 (Intel): html2ps-1.0b1-428 or later
SuSE 7.3 (Sparc): html2ps-1.0b3-88 or later
SuSE 7.0 (AXP Alpha): html2ps-1.0b1-328 or later
SuSE 7.1 (PPC Power PC): html2ps-1.0b1-303 or later
SuSE 7.0 (PPC Power PC): html2ps-1.0b1-302 or later

For Debian GNU/Linux:
Upgrade to the latest html2ps package, as listed below. Refer to DSA-192-1 for more information. See References.

Debian 2.2: html2ps_1.0b1-8.2 or later

Debian 3.0: html2ps_1.0b3-1.2 or later

For other distributions:
Contact your vendor for upgrade or patch information.


  • LPRng Web site: LPRng.
  • BID-6079: LPRNG html2ps Remote Command Execution Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-1275: Unknown vulnerability in html2ps HTML/PostScript converter 1.0, when used within LPRng, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via unsanitized input.
  • DSA-192: html2ps -- arbitrary code execution
  • OSVDB ID: 3813: IRIX html2ps Arbitrary Code Execution

Platforms Affected:

  • Debian Debian Linux 2.2
  • Debian Debian Linux 3.0
  • Patrick Powell LPRng
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.0
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.1
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.2
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.3
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 8.0
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 8.1


Oct 31, 2002

The information within this database may change without notice. Use of this information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition. There are NO warranties, implied or otherwise, with regard to this information or its use. Any use of this information is at the user's risk. In no event shall the author/distributor (IBM Internet Security Systems X-Force) be held liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the use or spread of this information.

For corrections or additions please email ignore thisxforceignore this@ignore thisus.ignore thisibm.comignore this

Return to the main page