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CVE-2008-5983

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Overview

Untrusted search path vulnerability in the PySys_SetArgv API function in Python 2.6 and earlier, and possibly later versions, prepends an empty string to sys.path when the argv[0] argument does not contain a path separator, which might allow local users to execute arbitrary code via a Trojan horse Python file in the current working directory.

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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1616-1
Posted Oct 25, 2012
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 1616-1 - It was discovered that Python would prepend an empty string to sys.path under certain circumstances. A local attacker with write access to the current working directory could exploit this to execute arbitrary code. This issue only affected Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. It was discovered that the audioop module did not correctly perform input validation. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a crafted audio file, an attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash. These issues only affected Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. Various other issues were also addressed.

tags | advisory, denial of service, arbitrary, local, python
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2008-5983, CVE-2011-4944, CVE-2012-0845, CVE-2012-1150, CVE-2012-2135, CVE-2008-5983, CVE-2010-1634, CVE-2010-2089, CVE-2011-4944, CVE-2012-0845, CVE-2012-1150, CVE-2012-2135
SHA-256 | 1931d6208c03b7c6be3e7c9a1e3f736d6f4ffc3c455852a5625822b4d83fefbe
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1613-2
Posted Oct 18, 2012
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 1613-2 - USN-1613-1 fixed vulnerabilities in Python 2.5. This update provides the corresponding updates for Python 2.4. It was discovered that Python would prepend an empty string to sys.path under certain circumstances. A local attacker with write access to the current working directory could exploit this to execute arbitrary code. Various other issues were also addressed.

tags | advisory, arbitrary, local, vulnerability, python
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2008-5983, CVE-2010-3493, CVE-2011-1015, CVE-2011-1521, CVE-2011-4940, CVE-2011-4944, CVE-2012-0845, CVE-2012-0876, CVE-2012-1148, CVE-2008-5983, CVE-2010-1634, CVE-2010-2089, CVE-2010-3493, CVE-2011-1015, CVE-2011-1521, CVE-2011-4940, CVE-2011-4944, CVE-2012-0845, CVE-2012-0876, CVE-2012-1148
SHA-256 | 03c1d61f1a7fd46df33c2cd303dd9df766d417bf63c2774bc68e006f265282de
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1613-1
Posted Oct 18, 2012
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 1613-1 - It was discovered that Python would prepend an empty string to sys.path under certain circumstances. A local attacker with write access to the current working directory could exploit this to execute arbitrary code. It was discovered that the audioop module did not correctly perform input validation. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a crafted audio file, an attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash. Various other issues were also addressed.

tags | advisory, denial of service, arbitrary, local, python
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2008-5983, CVE-2010-3493, CVE-2011-1015, CVE-2011-1521, CVE-2011-4940, CVE-2011-4944, CVE-2012-0845, CVE-2012-0876, CVE-2012-1148, CVE-2008-5983, CVE-2010-1634, CVE-2010-2089, CVE-2010-3493, CVE-2011-1015, CVE-2011-1521, CVE-2011-4940, CVE-2011-4944, CVE-2012-0845, CVE-2012-0876, CVE-2012-1148
SHA-256 | c13b76291797c5dc6f6323302b6fdfb272dd24cd1b617c855c76a194beaf1ed9
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1596-1
Posted Oct 5, 2012
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 1596-1 - It was discovered that Python would prepend an empty string to sys.path under certain circumstances. A local attacker with write access to the current working directory could exploit this to execute arbitrary code. It was discovered that the audioop module did not correctly perform input validation. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a crafted audio file, an attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash. Various other issues were also addressed.

tags | advisory, denial of service, arbitrary, local, python
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2008-5983, CVE-2010-3493, CVE-2011-1015, CVE-2011-1521, CVE-2011-4940, CVE-2011-4944, CVE-2012-0845, CVE-2012-1150, CVE-2008-5983, CVE-2010-1634, CVE-2010-2089, CVE-2010-3493, CVE-2011-1015, CVE-2011-1521, CVE-2011-4940, CVE-2011-4944, CVE-2012-0845, CVE-2012-1150
SHA-256 | c495413874c5d26f485eefb38fa84c7fd4732958d09a9fc3895bb38badc75820
Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 200904-6
Posted Apr 7, 2009
Authored by Gentoo | Site security.gentoo.org

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200904-06 - An untrusted search path vulnerability in the Eye of GNOME might result in the execution of arbitrary code. James Vega reported an untrusted search path vulnerability in the GObject Python interpreter wrapper in the Eye of GNOME, a vulnerability related to CVE-2008-5983. Versions less than 2.22.3-r3 are affected.

tags | advisory, arbitrary, python
systems | linux, gentoo
advisories | CVE-2008-5983, CVE-2008-5987
SHA-256 | f361f11a9332c1aeffbeea882ecce779c48e9eefab14a74b77b88bcdabe26e14
Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 200903-41
Posted Mar 31, 2009
Authored by Gentoo | Site security.gentoo.org

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200903-41 - A vulnerability in gedit might allow local attackers to execute arbitrary code. James Vega reported that gedit uses the current working directory when searching for python modules, a vulnerability related to CVE-2008-5983. Versions less than 2.24.3 are affected.

tags | advisory, arbitrary, local, python
systems | linux, gentoo
advisories | CVE-2008-5983, CVE-2009-0314
SHA-256 | 9e87adba1dba5c46b4ee23d357aa895b4dfb255dbdd9f0d78999caa2a952acdd
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