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USN-3496-1: Python vulnerability

28 November 2017

Python could be made to run arbitrary code.

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Releases

Packages

  • python2.7 - An interactive high-level object-oriented language

Details

It was discovered that Python incorrectly handled decoding certain strings.
An attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code.

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Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.04
Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 14.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

References

Related notices

  • USN-3496-3: python3.5-dev, libpython3.4-stdlib, idle-python3.4, python3.5-doc, python3.4-minimal, libpython3.5, python3.5, python3.4-dev, python3.4-doc, python3.4-venv, python3.5-examples, libpython3.4-minimal, libpython3.4, python3.5-venv, libpython3.5-minimal, libpython3.4-dev, python3.5-minimal, idle-python3.5, libpython3.5-stdlib, python3.4, python3.4-examples, libpython3.5-dev, libpython3.5-testsuite, libpython3.4-testsuite
  • USN-3496-2: python2.7, python2.7-minimal