Debian DLA-1519-1 : python2.7 security update
High Nessus Plugin ID 117712
SynopsisThe remote Debian host is missing a security update.
DescriptionMultiple vulnerabilities were found in the CPython interpreter which can cause denial of service, information gain, and arbitrary code execution.
CPython (aka Python) is vulnerable to an integer overflow in the PyString_DecodeEscape function in stringobject.c, resulting in heap-based buffer overflow (and possible arbitrary code execution)
python is vulnerable to catastrophic backtracking in pop3lib's apop() method. An attacker could use this flaw to cause denial of service.
python is vulnerable to catastrophic backtracking in the difflib.IS_LINE_JUNK method. An attacker could use this flaw to cause denial of service.
Python Software Foundation Python (CPython) version 2.7 contains a CWE-77: Improper Neutralization of Special Elements used in a Command ('Command Injection') vulnerability in shutil module (make_archive function) that can result in Denial of service, Information gain via injection of arbitrary files on the system or entire drive. This attack appear to be exploitable via Passage of unfiltered user input to the function.
For Debian 8 'Jessie', these problems have been fixed in version 2.7.9-2+deb8u2.
We recommend that you upgrade your python2.7 packages.
NOTE: Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the DLA security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.
SolutionUpgrade the affected packages.