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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2008-5983

Original release date: 01/27/2009
Last revised: 05/14/2013
Source: US-CERT/NIST

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.

Impact

CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 6.9 (MEDIUM) (AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C) (legend)
Impact Subscore: 10.0
Exploitability Subscore: 3.4
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Locally exploitable; Victim must voluntarily interact with attack mechanism
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service

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External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 40194
Type: Advisory
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 51040
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2011:0027
External Source: MLIST
Name: [oss-security] 20090130 Re: CVE request -- Python < 2.6 PySys_SetArgv issues (epiphany, csound, dia, eog, gedit, xchat, vim, nautilus-python, Gnumeric)
External Source: MLIST
Name: [debian-bugs] 20081112 Bug#493937: [Patch] Prevent loading of Python modules in working directory
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-1596-1
External Source: MLIST
Name: [oss-security] 20090126 CVE request -- Python < 2.6 PySys_SetArgv issues (epiphany, csound, dia, eog, gedit, xchat, vim, nautilus-python, Gnumeric)
External Source: GENTOO
Name: GLSA-200903-41
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2011-0122
Type: Advisory
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-1613-2
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 34522
Type: Advisory
External Source: MLIST
Name: [oss-security] 20090128 Re: CVE request -- Python < 2.6 PySys_SetArgv issues (epiphany, csound, dia, eog, gedit, xchat, vim, nautilus-python, Gnumeric)
External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2010-9652
External Source: MLIST
Name: [debian-bugs-rc] 20080805 Bug#484305: bicyclerepair: bike.vim imports untrusted python files from cwd
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 51024
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 50858
External Source: GENTOO
Name: GLSA-200904-06
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-1616-1
External Source: MISC
Name: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=482814
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2010-1448
Type: Advisory
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 42888
Type: Advisory
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 51087
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-1613-1

Vulnerable software and versions

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* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.5.2
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.4.6
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.3.7
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.5.1
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.4.4
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.4
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.4.5
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.4.1
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.5
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.3.6
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.4.2
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.4.3
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.3.5
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.3.3
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.3.4
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.3.1
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.3.2
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.2.1
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.3
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.2
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.2.3
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.2.2
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:1.5.2
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.0.1
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.0
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:1.6.1
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:1.6
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.1.3
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.1.2
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.1.1
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.1
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.6.0 and previous versions
* cpe:/a:python_software_foundation:python:2.5.4
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