Scientific Linux Security Update : python on SL6.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 61046

Synopsis

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

Description

Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language.

A flaw was found in the Python urllib and urllib2 libraries where they would not differentiate between different target URLs when handling automatic redirects. This caused Python applications using these modules to follow any new URL that they understood, including the 'file://' URL type. This could allow a remote server to force a local Python application to read a local file instead of the remote one, possibly exposing local files that were not meant to be exposed.
(CVE-2011-1521)

A race condition was found in the way the Python smtpd module handled new connections. A remote user could use this flaw to cause a Python script using the smtpd module to terminate. (CVE-2010-3493)

An information disclosure flaw was found in the way the Python CGIHTTPServer module processed certain HTTP GET requests. A remote attacker could use a specially crafted request to obtain the CGI script's source code. (CVE-2011-1015)

This erratum also upgrades Python to upstream version 2.6.6, and includes a number of bug fixes and enhancements. Documentation for these bug fixes and enhancements is available from the Technical Notes document, linked to in the References section.

All users of Python are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which correct these issues, and fix the bugs and add the enhancements noted in the Technical Notes.

Solution

Update the affected packages.

See Also

http://www.nessus.org/u?4e9be180

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 61046

File Name: sl_20110519_python_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Updated: 2018/12/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.4

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2011/05/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-3493, CVE-2011-1015, CVE-2011-1521