Oracle Linux 3 / 4 : python (ELSA-2006-0713)

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Synopsis :

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

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2006:0713 :

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://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2006-November/000012.html
https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2007-March/000102.html

Solution :

Update the affected python packages.

Risk factor :

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

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 67414 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2006-4980