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Ubuntu: HPLIP vulnerability  13 January 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
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.
 
Ubuntu: CUPS vulnerabilities  12 January 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that CUPS didn't properly handle adding a large number of RSS subscriptions. A local user could exploit this and cause CUPS to crash, leading to a denial of service. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 7.10, 8.04 LTS and 8.10. (CVE-2008-5183) It was discovered that CUPS did not authenticate users when adding and cancelling RSS subscriptions. An unprivileged local user could bypass intended restrictions and add a large number of RSS subscriptions. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04 LTS. (CVE-2008-5184) It was discovered that the PNG filter in CUPS did not properly handle certain malformed images. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a crafted PNG image file, a remote attacker could cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code with user privileges. In Ubuntu 7.10, 8.04 LTS, and 8.10, attackers would be isolated by the AppArmor CUPS profile. (CVE-2008-5286) It was discovered that the example pstopdf CUPS filter created log files in an insecure way. Local users could exploit a race condition to create or overwrite files with the privileges of the user invoking the program. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, 7.10, and 8.04 LTS. (CVE-2008-5377)
 
Ubuntu: Samba vulnerability  05 January 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Gunter Höckel discovered that Samba with registry shares enabled did not properly validate share names. An authenticated user could gain access to the root filesystem by using an older version of smbclient and specifying an empty string as a share name. This is only an issue if registry shares are enabled on the server by setting "registry shares = yes", "include = registry", or "config backend = registry", which is not the default.
 
Ubuntu: OpenOffice.org Internationalization update  23 December 2008 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
USN-677-1 fixed vulnerabilities in OpenOffice.org. The changes required that openoffice.org-l10n also be updated for the new version in Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. Original advisory details: Multiple memory overflow flaws were discovered in OpenOffice.org's handling of WMF and EMF files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted document, a remote attacker might be able to execute arbitrary code with user privileges. (CVE-2008-2237, CVE-2008-2238)
 
Ubuntu: Nagios vulnerabilities  23 December 2008 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that Nagios was vulnerable to a Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability. If an authenticated nagios user were tricked into clicking a link on a specially crafted web page, an attacker could trigger commands to be processed by Nagios and execute arbitrary programs. This update alters Nagios behaviour by disabling submission of CMD_CHANGE commands. (CVE-2008-5028)
 
Ubuntu: Blender vulnerabilities  22 December 2008 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that Blender did not correctly handle certain malformed Radiance RGBE images. If a user were tricked into opening a .blend file containing a specially crafted Radiance RGBE image, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the user's privileges. (CVE-2008-1102)
 
Ubuntu: Nagios3 vulnerabilities  22 December 2008 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that Nagios was vulnerable to a Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability. If an authenticated nagios user were tricked into clicking a link on a specially crafted web page, an attacker could trigger commands to be processed by Nagios and execute arbitrary programs. This update alters Nagios behaviour by disabling submission of CMD_CHANGE commands. (CVE-2008-5028)
 
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