Ubuntu 1592-1: Python 2.7 vulnerabilities

    Date02 Oct 2012
    Posted ByLinuxSecurity Advisories
    Several security issues were fixed in Python 2.7.
    Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1592-1
    October 02, 2012
    python2.7 vulnerabilities
    A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
    - Ubuntu 11.10
    - Ubuntu 11.04
    Several security issues were fixed in Python 2.7.
    Software Description:
    - python2.7: An interactive high-level object-oriented language
      (version 2.7)
    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. This issue only affected Ubuntu 11.04.
    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 users. This issue only affected Ubuntu 11.04. (CVE-2011-4940)
    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 Python was susceptible to hash algorithm attacks.
    An attacker could cause a denial of service under certian circumstances.
    This updates adds the '-R' command line option and honors setting the
    PYTHONHASHSEED environment variable to 'random' to salt str and datetime
    objects with an unpredictable value. (CVE-2012-1150)
    Update instructions:
    The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
    package versions:
    Ubuntu 11.10:
      python2.7                       2.7.2-5ubuntu1.1
      python2.7-minimal               2.7.2-5ubuntu1.1
    Ubuntu 11.04:
      python2.7                       2.7.1-5ubuntu2.2
      python2.7-minimal               2.7.1-5ubuntu2.2
    In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.
      CVE-2011-1521, CVE-2011-4940, CVE-2011-4944, CVE-2012-0845,
    Package Information:

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