Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1613-2
17th October, 2012
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
Several security issues were fixed in Python 2.4.
- python2.4 - An interactive high-level object-oriented language (version 2.4)
USN-1613-1 fixed vulnerabilities in Python 2.5. This update provides the
corresponding updates for Python 2.4.
Original advisory details:
It was discovered that Python would prepend an empty string to sys.path
under certain circumstances. A local attacker with write access to the
current working directory could exploit this to execute arbitrary code.
It was discovered that the audioop module did not correctly perform input
validation. If a user or automatated system were tricked into opening a
crafted audio file, an attacker could cause a denial of service via
application crash. (CVE-2010-1634, CVE-2010-2089)
Giampaolo Rodola discovered several race conditions in the smtpd module.
A remote attacker could exploit this to cause a denial of service via
daemon outage. (CVE-2010-3493)
It was discovered that the CGIHTTPServer module did not properly perform
input validation on certain HTTP GET requests. A remote attacker could
potentially obtain access to CGI script source files. (CVE-2011-1015)
Niels Heinen discovered that the urllib and urllib2 modules would process
Location headers that specify a redirection to file: URLs. A remote
attacker could exploit this to obtain sensitive information or cause a
denial of service. (CVE-2011-1521)
It was discovered that SimpleHTTPServer did not use a charset parameter in
the Content-Type HTTP header. An attacker could potentially exploit this
to conduct cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks against Internet Explorer 7
It was discovered that Python distutils contained a race condition when
creating the ~/.pypirc file. A local attacker could exploit this to obtain
sensitive information. (CVE-2011-4944)
It was discovered that SimpleXMLRPCServer did not properly validate its
input when handling HTTP POST requests. A remote attacker could exploit
this to cause a denial of service via excessive CPU utilization.
It was discovered that the Expat module in Python 2.5 computed hash values
without restricting the ability to trigger hash collisions predictably. If
a user or application using pyexpat were tricked into opening a crafted XML
file, an attacker could cause a denial of service by consuming excessive
CPU resources. (CVE-2012-0876)
Tim Boddy discovered that the Expat module in Python 2.5 did not properly
handle memory reallocation when processing XML files. If a user or
application using pyexpat were tricked into opening a crafted XML file, an
attacker could cause a denial of service by consuming excessive memory
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:
To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.
In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.