Debian DSA-1198-1 : python2.3 - buffer overflow

High Nessus Plugin ID 22907

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VPR Score: 5.5


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


Benjamin C. Wiley Sittler discovered that the repr() of the Python interpreter allocates insufficient memory when parsing UCS-4 Unicode strings, which might lead to execution of arbitrary code through a buffer overflow.


Upgrade the Python 2.3 packages.

For the stable distribution (sarge) this problem has been fixed in version 2.3.5-3sarge2. Due to build problems this update lacks fixed packages for the Alpha and Sparc architectures. Once they are sorted out, fixed binaries will be released.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 22907

File Name: debian_DSA-1198.nasl

Version: 1.14

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/10/25

Updated: 2019/08/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

VPR Score: 5.5

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:python2.3, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.1

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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/10/23

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/08/16

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-4980

DSA: 1198