Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 14.10 : requests vulnerability (USN-2531-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 81879


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


Matthew Daley discovered that Requests incorrectly handled cookies without host values when being redirected. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to perform session fixation or cookie stealing attacks.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected python-requests and / or python3-requests packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 81879

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2531-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/03/17

Modified: 2016/05/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.6

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python-requests, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python3-requests, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/03/16

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-2296

BID: 73134

OSVDB: 119576

USN: 2531-1