GLSA-200610-07 : Python: Buffer Overflow

High Nessus Plugin ID 22893


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200610-07 (Python: Buffer Overflow)

Benjamin C. Wiley Sittler discovered a buffer overflow in Python's 'repr()' function when handling UTF-32/UCS-4 encoded strings.
Impact :

If a Python application processes attacker-supplied data with the 'repr()' function, this could potentially lead to the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the affected application or a Denial of Service.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Python users should update to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-lang/python-2.4.3-r4'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 22893

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200610-07.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2006/10/20

Modified: 2015/04/13

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:gentoo:linux:python, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2006/10/17

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/08/16

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-4980

OSVDB: 29366

GLSA: 200610-07