Oracle Linux 3 : python (ELSA-2009-1178)

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Synopsis :

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

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2009:1178 :

Updated python packages that fix multiple security issues are now
available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.

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

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

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)

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

All Python users should upgrade to these updated packages, which
contain backported patches to correct these issues.

See also :

https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2009-July/001092.html

Solution :

Update the affected python packages.

Risk factor :

Critical / CVSS Base Score : 10.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
CVSS Temporal Score : 7.4
(CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 67898 ()

Bugtraq ID: 28715
28749
30491
31932
33187

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