GLSA 200907-16 Python: Integer overflows
Posted on: 07/19/2009 09:30 PM

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

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200907-16
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Python: Integer overflows
Date: July 19, 2009
Bugs: #246991
ID: 200907-16

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Synopsis
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Multiple integer overflows in Python have an unspecified impact.

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; 2.5.4-r2 gt;= 2.5.4-r2
*gt;= 2.4.6

Description
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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
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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
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Python 2.5 users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-lang/python-2.5.4-r2"

All Python 2.4 users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-lang/python-2.4.6"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-5031
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-5031

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-200907-16.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
https://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2009 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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