Public Date:
605397: CVE-2010-2431 cups: latent privilege escalation vulnerability

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The cupsFileOpen function in CUPS before 1.4.4 allows local users, with lp group membership, to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack on the (1) /var/cache/cups/remote.cache or (2) /var/cache/cups/job.cache file.

Find out more about CVE-2010-2431 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue did not affect the versions of CUPS as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 or 4. It was addressed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 via RHSA-2010:0811.

CVSS v2 metrics

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

Base Score 3.2
Base Metrics AV:A/AC:H/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:P
Access Vector Adjacent Network
Access Complexity High
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact None
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-2010:0811 2010-10-29

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 cups Affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 cups Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 cups Affected