RHEL 3 / 4 : python (RHSA-2006:0713)

High Nessus Plugin ID 22525


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


Updated Python packages are now available to correct a security issue in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4.

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

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

A flaw was discovered in the way that the Python repr() function handled UTF-32/UCS-4 strings. If an application written in Python used the repr() function on untrusted data, this could lead to a denial of service or possibly allow the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the Python application. (CVE-2006-4980)

In addition, this errata fixes a regression in the SimpleXMLRPCServer backport for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 that was introduced with RHSA-2005:109.

Users of Python should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 22525

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2006-0713.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.16 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/10/10

Modified: 2016/12/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/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:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/10/09

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/08/16

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-4980

OSVDB: 29366

RHSA: 2006:0713