Ubuntu 4.10 / 5.04 : python2.1, python2.2, python2.3, gnumeric vulnerabilities (USN-173-4)

High Nessus Plugin ID 20583

Synopsis

The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.

Description

USN-173-1 fixed a buffer overflow vulnerability in the PCRE library.
However, it was found that the various python packages and gnumeric contain static copies of the library code, so these packages need to be updated as well.

In gnumeric this bug could be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user if the user was tricked into opening a specially crafted spreadsheet document.

In python, the impact depends on the particular application that uses python's 're' (regular expression) module. In python server applications that process unchecked arbitrary regular expressions with the 're' module, this could potentially be exploited to remotely execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the server.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.

Solution

Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 20583

File Name: ubuntu_USN-173-4.nasl

Version: 1.14

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/01/15

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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gnumeric, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gnumeric-common, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gnumeric-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gnumeric-plugins-extra, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:idle-python2.1, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:idle-python2.2, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:idle-python2.3, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.1, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.1-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.1-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.1-examples, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.1-gdbm, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.1-mpz, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.1-tk, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.1-xmlbase, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.2, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.2-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.2-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.2-examples, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.2-gdbm, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.2-mpz, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.2-tk, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.2-xmlbase, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.3, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.3-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.3-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.3-examples, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.3-gdbm, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.3-mpz, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.3-tk, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:4.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.04

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2005/08/31

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2491

BID: 14620

USN: 173-4