Mandriva Linux Security Advisory : python (MDVSA-2008:163)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 37212


The remote Mandriva Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


Multiple integer overflows in the imageop module in Python prior to 2.5.3 allowed context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via crafted images that trigger heap-based buffer overflows (CVE-2008-1679). This was due to an incomplete fix for CVE-2007-4965.

David Remahl of Apple Product Security reported several integer overflows in a number of core modules (CVE-2008-2315). He also reported an integer overflow in the hashlib module on Python 2.5 that lead to unreliable cryptographic digest results (CVE-2008-2316).

Justin Ferguson reported multiple buffer overflows in unicode string processing that affected 32bit systems (CVE-2008-3142).

Multiple integer overflows were reported by the Google Security Team that had been fixed in Python 2.5.2 (CVE-2008-3143).

Justin Ferguson reported a number of integer overflows and underflows in the PyOS_vsnprintf() function, as well as an off-by-one error when passing zero-length strings, that led to memory corruption (CVE-2008-3144).

The updated packages have been patched to correct these issues. As well, Python packages on Mandriva Linux 2007.1 and 2008.0 have been updated to version 2.5.2. Due to slight packaging changes on Mandriva Linux 2007.1, a new package is available (tkinter-apps) that contains binary files (such as /usr/bin/idle) that were previously in the tkinter package.


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 37212

File Name: mandriva_MDVSA-2008-163.nasl

Version: 1.20

Type: local

Published: 4/23/2009

Updated: 1/6/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.4

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lib64python2.5, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lib64python2.5-devel, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:libpython2.5, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:libpython2.5-devel, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:python, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:python-base, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:python-docs, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:tkinter, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:tkinter-apps, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2007.1, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2008.0, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2008.1

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/Mandrake/release, Host/Mandrake/rpm-list

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/7/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1679, CVE-2008-2315, CVE-2008-2316, CVE-2008-3142, CVE-2008-3143, CVE-2008-3144

BID: 28715, 30491

MDVSA: 2008:163

CWE: 119, 189