GLSA-200807-01 : Python: Multiple integer overflows

high Nessus Plugin ID 33421


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200807-01 (Python: Multiple integer overflows)

Multiple vulnerabilities were discovered in Python:
David Remahl reported multiple integer overflows in the file imageop.c, leading to a heap-based buffer overflow (CVE-2008-1679). This issue is due to an incomplete fix for CVE-2007-4965.
Justin Ferguson discovered that an integer signedness error in the zlib extension module might trigger insufficient memory allocation and a buffer overflow via a negative signed integer (CVE-2008-1721).
Justin Ferguson discovered that insufficient input validation in the PyString_FromStringAndSize() function might lead to a buffer overflow (CVE-2008-1887).
Impact :

A remote attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to cause a Denial of Service or possibly the remote execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Python.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


The imageop module is no longer built in the unaffected versions.
All Python 2.3 users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-lang/python-2.3.6-r6' All Python 2.4 users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-lang/python-2.4.4-r13'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 33421

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200807-01.nasl

Version: 1.17

Type: local

Published: 7/8/2008

Updated: 1/6/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 7.3

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/1/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1679, CVE-2008-1721, CVE-2008-1887

BID: 28715, 28749

GLSA: 200807-01

CWE: 119, 189