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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2004-1170

Original release date: 01/10/2005
Last revised: 09/10/2008


a2ps 4.13 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands via shell metacharacters in the filename.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 10.0 HIGH
Impact Subscore: 10.0
Exploitability Subscore: 10.0
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Network exploitable
Access Complexity: Low
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Provides administrator access, Allows complete confidentiality, integrity, and availability violation; Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (03/14/2007)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is not vulnerable to this issue as it contains a backported patch.

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External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://bugs.debian.org/283134
External Source: OPENPKG
Name: OpenPKG-SA-2005.003
External Source: MISC
Name: http://www.securiteam.com/unixfocus/5MP0N2KDPA.html
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SA:2004:034
External Source: MANDRAKE
Name: MDKSA-2004:140
External Source: XF
Name: gnu-a2ps-gain-privileges(17127)
Type: Advisory
External Source: FEDORA
Name: FLSA:152870
External Source: FULLDISC
Name: 20040824 a2ps executing shell commands from file name
Type: Advisory; Patch Information; Exploit
External Source: SUNALERT
Name: 57649
External Source: BID
Name: 11025
Type: Advisory; Patch Information; Exploit

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