RHSA-2009:1176-01 Moderate: python security update
Posted on: 07/27/2009 02:40 PM

A new update is available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Here the announcement:

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Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis: Moderate: python security update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2009:1176-01
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2009-1176.html
Issue date: 2009-07-27
CVE Names: CVE-2007-2052 CVE-2007-4965 CVE-2008-1721
CVE-2008-1887 CVE-2008-2315 CVE-2008-3142
CVE-2008-3143 CVE-2008-3144 CVE-2008-4864
CVE-2008-5031
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1. Summary:

Updated python packages that fix multiple security issues are now available
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client) - i386, x86_64
RHEL Desktop Workstation (v. 5 client) - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server) - i386, ia64, ppc, s390x, x86_64

3. Description:

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

When the assert() system call was disabled, an input sanitization flaw was
revealed in the Python string object implementation that led to a buffer
overflow. The missing check for negative size values meant the Python
memory allocator could allocate less memory than expected. This could
result in arbitrary code execution with the Python interpreter's
privileges. (CVE-2008-1887)

Multiple buffer and integer overflow flaws were found in the Python Unicode
string processing and in the Python Unicode and string object
implementations. An attacker could use these flaws to cause a denial of
service (Python application crash). (CVE-2008-3142, CVE-2008-5031)

Multiple integer overflow flaws were found in the Python imageop module. If
a Python application used the imageop module to process untrusted images,
it could cause the application to disclose sensitive information, crash or,
potentially, execute arbitrary code with the Python interpreter's
privileges. (CVE-2007-4965, CVE-2008-4864)

Multiple integer underflow and overflow flaws were found in the Python
snprintf() wrapper implementation. An attacker could use these flaws to
cause a denial of service (memory corruption). (CVE-2008-3144)

Multiple integer overflow flaws were found in various Python modules. An
attacker could use these flaws to cause a denial of service (Python
application crash). (CVE-2008-2315, CVE-2008-3143)

An integer signedness error, leading to a buffer overflow, was found
in the Python zlib extension module. If a Python application requested
the negative byte count be flushed for a decompression stream, it could
cause the application to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code
with the Python interpreter's privileges. (CVE-2008-1721)

A flaw was discovered in the strxfrm() function of the Python locale
module. Strings generated by this function were not properly
NULL-terminated, which could possibly cause disclosure of data stored in
the memory of a Python application using this function. (CVE-2007-2052)

Red Hat would like to thank David Remahl of the Apple Product Security team
for responsibly reporting the CVE-2008-2315 issue.

All Python users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain
backported patches to correct these issues.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via Red Hat Network. Details on how to use
the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/docs/DOC-11259

5. Bugs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

235093 - CVE-2007-2052 python off-by-one locale.strxfrm() (possible memory disclosure)
295971 - CVE-2007-4965 python imageop module heap corruption
442005 - CVE-2008-1721 python: integer signedness error in the zlib extension module
443810 - CVE-2008-1887 python: PyString_FromStringAndSize does not check for negative size values
454990 - CVE-2008-3142 python: Multiple buffer overflows in unicode processing
455008 - CVE-2008-2315 python: Multiple integer overflows in python core
455013 - CVE-2008-3143 python: Multiple integer overflows discovered by Google
455018 - CVE-2008-3144 python: Potential integer underflow and overflow in the PyOS_vsnprintf C API function
469656 - CVE-2008-4864 python: imageop module multiple integer overflows
470915 - CVE-2008-5031 python: stringobject, unicodeobject integer overflows

6. Package List:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client):

Source:
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/python-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.src.rpm

i386:
python-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm
python-debuginfo-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm
python-tools-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm
tkinter-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm

x86_64:
python-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.x86_64.rpm
python-debuginfo-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.x86_64.rpm
python-tools-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.x86_64.rpm
tkinter-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.x86_64.rpm

RHEL Desktop Workstation (v. 5 client):

Source:
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/python-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.src.rpm

i386:
python-debuginfo-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm
python-devel-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm

x86_64:
python-debuginfo-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm
python-debuginfo-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.x86_64.rpm
python-devel-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm
python-devel-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server):

Source:
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/python-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.src.rpm

i386:
python-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm
python-debuginfo-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm
python-devel-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm
python-tools-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm
tkinter-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm

ia64:
python-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.ia64.rpm
python-debuginfo-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.ia64.rpm
python-devel-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.ia64.rpm
python-tools-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.ia64.rpm
tkinter-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.ia64.rpm

ppc:
python-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.ppc.rpm
python-debuginfo-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.ppc.rpm
python-debuginfo-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.ppc64.rpm
python-devel-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.ppc.rpm
python-devel-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.ppc64.rpm
python-tools-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.ppc.rpm
tkinter-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.ppc.rpm

s390x:
python-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.s390x.rpm
python-debuginfo-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.s390.rpm
python-debuginfo-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.s390x.rpm
python-devel-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.s390.rpm
python-devel-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.s390x.rpm
python-tools-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.s390x.rpm
tkinter-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.s390x.rpm

x86_64:
python-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.x86_64.rpm
python-debuginfo-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm
python-debuginfo-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.x86_64.rpm
python-devel-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.i386.rpm
python-devel-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.x86_64.rpm
python-tools-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.x86_64.rpm
tkinter-2.4.3-24.el5_3.6.x86_64.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key and
details on how to verify the signature are available from
https://www.redhat.com/security/team/key/#package

7. References:

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-2052
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-4965
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-1721
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-1887
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-2315
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-3142
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-3143
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-3144
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-4864
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-5031
http://www.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/#moderate

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is lt;secalert@redhat.comgt;. More contact
details at https://www.redhat.com/security/team/contact/

Copyright 2009 Red Hat, Inc.
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