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Mandrake Linux Advisory: python

Dec 09, 2002, 20:29 (0 Talkback[s])


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                Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory

Package name:           python
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2002:082-1
Date:                   December 9th, 2002
Original Advisory Date: November 25th, 2002
Affected versions:      9.0

Problem Description:

 A vulnerability was discovered in python by Zack Weinberg in the way
 that the execvpe() method from the os.py module uses a temporary file
 name.  The file is created in an unsafe manner and execvpe() tries to
 execute it, which can be used by a local attacker to execute arbitrary
 code with the privilege of the user running the python code that is
 using this method.

 The previously released packages for 9.0 had an incorrect dependency on
 libdb.so.2 instead of libdb.so.3.  This update corrects that problem.


Updated Packages:
 Mandrake Linux 9.0:
 eda5ce8842e16db410497487665a926a  9.0/RPMS/libpython2.2-2.2.1-14.2mdk.i586.rpm
 c85d22c38bf31f75ebdfb782a3ff0975  9.0/RPMS/libpython2.2-devel-2.2.1-14.2mdk.i586.rpm
 06970738837e1a6355bd0555287706bb  9.0/RPMS/python-2.2.1-14.2mdk.i586.rpm
 efe32dfe6f8fb692916e3a7b3550616b  9.0/RPMS/python-base-2.2.1-14.2mdk.i586.rpm
 6b7b68b3df2c6d35ed3ddcd279f63a65  9.0/RPMS/python-docs-2.2.1-14.2mdk.i586.rpm
 1febf082525ee0816c9453d576938fac  9.0/RPMS/tkinter-2.2.1-14.2mdk.i586.rpm
 1c07dce9e92f07203bf5aa783869b959  9.0/SRPMS/python-2.2.1-14.2mdk.src.rpm

Bug IDs fixed (see https://qa.mandrakesoft.com for more information):

To upgrade automatically, use MandrakeUpdate.  The verification of md5
checksums and GPG signatures is performed automatically for you.

If you want to upgrade manually, download the updated package from one
of our FTP server mirrors and upgrade with "rpm -Fvh *.rpm".  A list of
FTP mirrors can be obtained from:


Please verify the update prior to upgrading to ensure the integrity of
the downloaded package.  You can do this with the command:

  rpm --checksig <filename>

All packages are signed by MandrakeSoft for security.  You can obtain
the GPG public key of the Mandrake Linux Security Team from:


Please be aware that sometimes it takes the mirrors a few hours to

You can view other update advisories for Mandrake Linux at:


MandrakeSoft has several security-related mailing list services that
anyone can subscribe to.  Information on these lists can be obtained by


If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact


Type Bits/KeyID     Date       User ID
pub  1024D/22458A98 2000-07-10 Linux Mandrake Security Team
  <security linux-mandrake.com>