Solaris Line Printer Daemon (in.lpd) vulnerable to buffer overflow via transfer job routine

ID VU:484011
Type cert
Reporter CERT
Modified 2001-08-31T00:00:00



A buffer overflow exists in the Solaris line printer daemon (in.lpd) that may allow a remote intruder to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the running in.lpd. This daemon runs with root privileges by default on all recent versions of Solaris.


The Solaris in.lpd provides services for remote users to interact with a local printer, listening for remote requests on port 515/tcp. There is an unchecked buffer in the part of the code responsible for transferring print jobs from one machine to another. If given too many jobs to work on at once, an attacker can either crash the printer daemon or attempt to execute arbitrary code with super user privileges on the victim system.

This problem was discovered by ISS X-Force and posted here on June 19, 2001.

Vulnerable versions of Solaris are as follows:

Solaris 2.6 Solaris 2.6 x86 Solaris 7 Solaris 7 x86 Solaris 8 Solaris 8 x86
Sun recommends the following workarounds until the patches identified below may be applied:

* Disable the print service in `/etc/inetd.conf`
* Enable the `noexec_user_stack `tunable 
* Block access to 515/tcp (printer) at all appropriate network perimeters


A remote intruder may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges in the running daemon (typically root). In addition, a remote intruder may be able to crash vulnerable printer daemons.


Patches have been released by Sun. They are part of a jumbo lp patch set identified by the following ids, per Sun Security Bulletin #206:

The following patches are available in relation to the above problem.
` OS Version Patch ID

SunOS 5.8 109320-04
SunOS 5.8_x86 109321-04
SunOS 5.7 107115-09
SunOS 5.7_x86 107116-09
SunOS 5.6 106235-09
SunOS 5.6_x86 106236-09Thein.lpd` daemon was not available prior to Solaris 2.6.

These patches resolve Sun problem report 4446925 in.lpd contains a remote exploitable overflow.


* Disable the print service in /etc/inetd.conf 
* Enable the `noexec_user_stack `tunable 
* Block access to 515/tcp (printer) at all appropriate network perimeters

Systems Affected

Vendor| Status| Date Notified| Date Updated
Sun| | 21 Jun 2001| 31 Aug 2001
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

CVSS Metrics

Group | Score | Vector
Base | N/A | N/A
Temporal | N/A | N/A
Environmental | N/A | N/A



The X-Force team of Internet Security Systems, Inc. has released an advisory about this issue.

This document was written by Jeffrey S. Havrilla

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2001-0353
  • CERT Advisory: CA-2001-15
  • Date Public: 19 Jun 2001
  • Date First Published: 21 Jun 2001
  • Date Last Updated: 31 Aug 2001
  • Severity Metric: 56.43
  • Document Revision: 11