RHEL 3 / 4 : python (RHSA-2006:0713)

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Synopsis :

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

Description :

Updated Python packages are now available to correct a security issue
in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4.

This update has been rated as having important security impact by the
Red Hat Security Response Team.

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

A flaw was discovered in the way that the Python repr() function
handled UTF-32/UCS-4 strings. If an application written in Python used
the repr() function on untrusted data, this could lead to a denial of
service or possibly allow the execution of arbitrary code with the
privileges of the Python application. (CVE-2006-4980)

In addition, this errata fixes a regression in the SimpleXMLRPCServer
backport for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 that was introduced with
RHSA-2005:109.

Users of Python should upgrade to these updated packages, which
contain a backported patch to correct this issue.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2006-4980.html
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2006-0713.html

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.5
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 22525 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2006-4980