USN-4601-1: pip vulnerability

22 October 2020

pip could be made to overwrite files as the administrator.

Releases

Packages

  • python-pip - Python package installer

Details

It was discovered that pip did not properly sanitize the filename during
pip install. A remote attacker could possible use this issue to read and
write arbitrary files on the host filesystem as root, resulting in a
directory traversal attack. (CVE-2019-20916)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.04

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

References