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From: aliz at gentoo.org (Daniel Ahlberg)
Subject: GLSA: python

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GENTOO LINUX SECURITY ANNOUNCEMENT
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PACKAGE        :python
SUMMARY        :os.execvpe() vulnerability
DATE           :2002-10-03 14:45 UTC

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OVERVIEW

By exploiting this vulnerability a local attacker can execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running python code
which uses the execvpe() method.

DETAIL

Zack Weinberg found a vulnerability in the way the exevpe() method
from the os.py module uses a temporary file name. A file which
supposedly should not exist is created in a unsafe way and the method
tries to execute it. The objective of such code is to discover what
error the operating system returns in a portable way.

SOLUTION

It is recommended that all Gentoo Linux users who are running
dev-lang/python-2.2.1-r4 and earlier update their systems
as follows:

emerge rsync
emerge python
emerge clean

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