RHEL 2.1 : python (RHSA-2003:048)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.

Description :

An insecure use of a temporary file has been found in Python.

Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming
language.

Zack Weinberg discovered that os._execvpe from os.py in Python 2.2.1
and earlier creates temporary files with predictable names. This could
allow local users to execute arbitrary code via a symlink attack

All users should upgrade to these errata packages which include a
patch to python 1.5.2 to correct this issue.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2002-1119.html
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=156556
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2003-048.html

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.6
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 12362 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2002-1119