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USN-5519-1: Python vulnerability

14 July 2022

Python could be made to run arbitrary code if it received a specially crafted input.

Releases

Packages

  • python2.7 - An interactive high-level object-oriented language
  • python3.10 - Interactive high-level object-oriented language (version 3.10)
  • python3.4 - An interactive high-level object-oriented language
  • python3.5 - An interactive high-level object-oriented language
  • python3.6 - An interactive high-level object-oriented language
  • python3.8 - An interactive high-level object-oriented language
  • python3.9 - Interactive high-level object-oriented language (version 3.9)

Details

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

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 22.04
Ubuntu 21.10
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 14.04

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

References