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Better admin interface for publishing printers #2182

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michaelrsweet opened this Issue Jan 4, 2007 · 1 comment

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michaelrsweet commented Jan 4, 2007

Version: -feature
CUPS.org User: twaugh.redhat

The CUPS web interface 'admin' screen is nice and simple to use, but it's a bit too simple. A big improvement would be to provide a form for selecting network interfaces to publish printers on, rather than just broadcasting on all interfaces.

Currently, publishing shared printers broadcasts on all interfaces. Most users are unaware of this behaviour and might unknowingly send IPP messages over insecure cable/ADSL lines.

Original bug report:
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=220884

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michaelrsweet commented Jan 4, 2007

CUPS.org User: mike

Connecting a computer directly to a dumb cable/DSL modem exposes the whole computer to (at least) the ISP's network, which is why most ISPs provide modems (and/or wireless APs) with a built-in firewall/router to block broadcast traffic from the local computer(s).

At this point, we are not interested in extending the current "simple" UI beyond "share locally" and "share over the the Internet" (something that will appear in 1.3 soon). Adding a UI to select network interfaces will only help users with multiple network cards that are using their system as a router/firewall, and those users can just edit the cupsd.conf file (using the web interface, if they so desire) to choose a different BrowseAddress.

@michaelrsweet michaelrsweet added this to the Stable milestone Mar 17, 2016

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