Public Date:
587746: CVE-2010-0542 CUPS: texttops unchecked memory allocation failure leading to NULL pointer dereference

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The _WriteProlog function in texttops.c in texttops in the Text Filter subsystem in CUPS before 1.4.4 does not check the return values of certain calloc calls, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (NULL pointer dereference or heap memory corruption) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a crafted file.

Find out more about CVE-2010-0542 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.

CVSS v2 metrics

NOTE: The following CVSS v2 metrics and score provided are preliminary and subject to review.

Base Score 5.8
Base Metrics AV:A/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P
Access Vector Adjacent Network
Access Complexity Low
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact Partial
Integrity Impact Partial
Availability Impact Partial

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 (cups) RHSA-2010:0490 2010-06-17
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 4 (cups) RHSA-2010:0490 2010-06-17
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 3 (cups) RHSA-2010:0490 2010-06-17

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 cups Not affected


Red Hat would like to thank the Apple Product Security team for responsibly reporting this issue. Upstream acknowledges regenrecht as the original reporter.