Scientific Linux Security Update : python for SL 4.x on i386/x86_64

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Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security
updates.

Description :

When the assert() system call was disabled, an input sanitization flaw
was revealed in the Python string object implementation that led to a
buffer overflow. The missing check for negative size values meant the
Python memory allocator could allocate less memory than expected. This
could result in arbitrary code execution with the Python interpreter's
privileges. (CVE-2008-1887)

Multiple buffer and integer overflow flaws were found in the Python
Unicode string processing and in the Python Unicode and string object
implementations. An attacker could use these flaws to cause a denial
of service (Python application crash). (CVE-2008-3142, CVE-2008-5031)

Multiple integer overflow flaws were found in the Python imageop
module. If a Python application used the imageop module to process
untrusted images, it could cause the application to crash or,
potentially, execute arbitrary code with the Python interpreter's
privileges. (CVE-2008-1679, CVE-2008-4864)

Multiple integer underflow and overflow flaws were found in the Python
snprintf() wrapper implementation. An attacker could use these flaws
to cause a denial of service (memory corruption). (CVE-2008-3144)

Multiple integer overflow flaws were found in various Python modules.
An attacker could use these flaws to cause a denial of service (Python
application crash). (CVE-2008-2315, CVE-2008-3143)

An integer signedness error, leading to a buffer overflow, was found
in the Python zlib extension module. If a Python application requested
the negative byte count be flushed for a decompression stream, it
could cause the application to crash or, potentially, execute
arbitrary code with the Python interpreter's privileges.
(CVE-2008-1721)

Would like to thank David Remahl of the Apple Product Security team
for responsibly reporting the CVE-2008-1679 and CVE-2008-2315 issues.

See also :

http://www.nessus.org/u?21e811f8

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Critical / CVSS Base Score : 10.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 60625 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2008-1679
CVE-2008-1721
CVE-2008-1887
CVE-2008-2315
CVE-2008-3142
CVE-2008-3143
CVE-2008-3144
CVE-2008-4864
CVE-2008-5031