Debian DSA-819-1 : python2.1 - integer overflow

High Nessus Plugin ID 19788


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


An integer overflow with a subsequent buffer overflow has been detected in PCRE, the Perl Compatible Regular Expressions library, which allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code, and is also present in Python. Exploiting this vulnerability requires an attacker to specify the used regular expression.


Upgrade the python2.1 packages.

For the old stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version 2.1.3-3.4.

For the stable distribution (sarge) this problem has been fixed in version 2.1.3dfsg-1sarge1.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 19788

File Name: debian_DSA-819.nasl

Version: 1.16

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/10/05

Updated: 2019/08/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:python2.1, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.0, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.1

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2005/09/23

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2491

BID: 14620

DSA: 819