RHEL 2.1 : python (RHSA-2003:048)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 12362


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


An insecure use of a temporary file has been found in Python.

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

Zack Weinberg discovered that os._execvpe from os.py in Python 2.2.1 and earlier creates temporary files with predictable names. This could allow local users to execute arbitrary code via a symlink attack

All users should upgrade to these errata packages which include a patch to python 1.5.2 to correct this issue.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 12362

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2003-048.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.18 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2004/07/06

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:python, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:python-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:python-docs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:python-tools, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:tkinter, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Patch Publication Date: 2003/02/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-1119

RHSA: 2003:048