GLSA-200903-11 : PyCrypto: Execution of arbitrary code

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 35809


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200903-11 (PyCrypto: Execution of arbitrary code)

Mike Wiacek of the Google Security Team reported a buffer overflow in the ARC2 module when processing a large ARC2 key length.
Impact :

A remote attacker could entice a user or automated system to decrypt an ARC2 stream in an application using PyCrypto, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code or a Denial of Service.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All PyCrypto users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-python/pycrypto-2.0.1-r8'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 35809

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200903-11.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2009/03/10

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:pycrypto, 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: 2009/03/09

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-0544

BID: 33674

OSVDB: 51958

GLSA: 200903-11

CWE: 119