GLSA 200802-10 Python: PCRE Integer overflow
Posted on: 02/23/2008 08:25 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - Python: PCRE Integer overflow. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200802-10
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Python: PCRE Integer overflow
Date: February 23, 2008
Bugs: #198373
ID: 200802-10

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability within Python's copy of PCRE might lead to the
execution of arbitrary code.

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

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-lang/python lt; 2.3.6-r4 gt;= 2.3.6-r4

Description
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Python 2.3 includes a copy of PCRE which is vulnerable to an integer
overflow vulnerability, leading to a buffer overflow.

Impact
======

An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a vulnerable
Python application to compile a regular expressions, which could
possibly lead to the execution of arbitrary code, a Denial of Service
or the disclosure of sensitive information.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Python 2.3 users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-lang/python-2.3.6-r4"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2006-7228
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-7228
[ 2 ] GLSA 200711-30
http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200711-30.xml

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200802-10.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2008 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5



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