Ubuntu 5.04 / 5.10 / 6.06 LTS : python2.3, python2.4 vulnerability (USN-359-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 27939
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionBenjamin C. Wiley Sittler discovered that Python's repr() function did not properly handle UTF-32/UCS-4 strings. If an application uses repr() on arbitrary untrusted data, this could be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the python application.
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SolutionUpdate the affected packages.