printer driver and configuration

Thufir hawat.thufir at
Wed Jan 14 16:46:49 UTC 2009

On Thu, 08 Jan 2009 17:59:42 +0200, Marius Gedminas wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 08, 2009 at 12:30:58PM +0000, Thufir wrote:
>> I chose ubuntu because it offered, and delivered on, automagically
>> recognizing and configuring my printer.  How do I determine what driver
>> it loaded?
>> ML-2510-Series
>> 	Description: Samsung ML-2510 Series
>> Location: arrakis
>> Printer Driver: Samsung ML-2510, 2.0.0
> There you have it: it's the "Samsung ML-2510" driver.  ;-)
> used to be the location of a large database of
> which driver was needed for which printer in Linux.  It now redirects to
> something called OpenPrinting, and it says this:
> Apparently the driver is distributed from the Samsung website.

What about the security concern, though?

Driver from Samsung CD
  	SECURITY WARNING: The installation script on the Driver CD 
creates suid-root executables under /opt/samsung. Such executables often 
form a grave security risk, especially (as in this case) when processing 
potentially malicious inputs. Since source code is not available, these 
executables cannot be audited. You should assume that once these drivers 
are installed, any user on the computer and any printed document can 
obtain root privilege.

from the same link as above.  However, I didn't see a samsung directory 
under opt, so I'm not sure.


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