USN-1982-1: Python 2.6 vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1982-1

1st October, 2013

python2.6 vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Summary

Fraudulent security certificates could allow sensitive information to be exposed when accessing the Internet.

Software description

  • python2.6 - An interactive high-level object-oriented language

Details

Ryan Sleevi discovered that Python did not properly handle certificates
with NULL characters in the Subject Alternative Name field. An attacker
could exploit this to perform a man in the middle attack to view sensitive
information or alter encrypted communications.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
python2.6-minimal 2.6.5-1ubuntu6.2
python2.6 2.6.5-1ubuntu6.2

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.

References

CVE-2013-4238