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python-updater: Untrusted search path


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 201009-08 / python-updater
Release Date September 21, 2010
Latest Revision September 21, 2010: 01
Impact high
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-admin/python-updater < 0.7-r1 >= 0.7-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #288361


An untrusted search path vulnerability in python-updater might result in the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


python-updater is a script used to remerge python packages when changing Python version.


Robert Buchholz of the Gentoo Security Team reported that python-updater includes the current working directory and subdirectories in the Python module search path (sys.path) before calling "import".


A local attacker could entice the root user to run "python-updater" from a directory containing a specially crafted Python module, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with root privileges.

3.  Resolution Information


Do not run "python-updater" from untrusted working directories.


All python-updater users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-admin/python-updater-0.7-r1"


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