GLSA-200907-16 : Python: Integer overflows

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 39870


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200907-16 (Python: Integer overflows)

Chris Evans reported multiple integer overflows in the expandtabs method, as implemented by (1) the string_expandtabs function in Objects/stringobject.c and (2) the unicode_expandtabs function in Objects/unicodeobject.c.
Impact :

A remote attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities in Python applications or daemons that pass user-controlled input to vulnerable functions. The security impact is currently unknown but may include the execution of arbitrary code or a Denial of Service.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Python 2.5 users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-lang/python-2.5.4-r2' All Python 2.4 users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-lang/python-2.4.6'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 39870

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200907-16.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Published: 2009/07/20

Modified: 2016/05/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 10

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:ND/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: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/07/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-5031

BID: 33187

OSVDB: 47478

GLSA: 200907-16

CWE: 189