Ubuntu 5.04 / 5.10 / 6.06 LTS : python2.3, python2.4 vulnerability (USN-359-1)

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


Benjamin 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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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 27939

File Name: ubuntu_USN-359-1.nasl

Version: 1.14

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/11/10

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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:idle-python2.3, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:idle-python2.4, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.3, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.3-dbg, 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, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.4, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.4-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.4-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.4-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.4-examples, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.4-gdbm, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.4-minimal, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.4-tk, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts

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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/10/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-4980

USN: 359-1