|Description||Python 2.7.14 is vulnerable to a Heap-Buffer-Overflow as well as a Heap-Use-After-Free. Python versions prior to 2.7.14 may also be vulnerable and it appears that Python 2.7.17 and prior may also be vulnerable however this has not been confirmed. The vulnerability lies when multiply threads are handling large amounts of data. In both cases there is essentially a race condition that occurs. For the Heap-Buffer-Overflow, Thread 2 is creating the size for a buffer, but Thread1 is already writing to the buffer without knowing how much to write. So when a large amount of data is being processed, it is very easy to cause memory corruption using a Heap-Buffer-Overflow. As for the Use-After-Free, Thread3->Malloc->Thread1->Free's->Thread2-Re-uses-Free'd Memory. The PSRT has stated that this is not a security vulnerability due to the fact that the attacker must be able to run code, however in some situations, such as function as a service, this vulnerability can potentially be used by an attacker to violate a trust boundary, as such the DWF feels this issue deserves a CVE.|
|Source||CVE (at NVD; CERT, LWN, oss-sec, fulldisc, bugtraq, EDB, Metasploit, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Gentoo, SUSE bugzilla/CVE, Mageia, GitHub code/issues, web search, more)|
|NVD severity||medium (attack range: remote)|
Vulnerable and fixed packages
The table below lists information on source packages.
|stretch, stretch (security)||2.7.13-2+deb9u3||vulnerable|
|python3.5 (PTS)||stretch, stretch (security)||3.5.3-1+deb9u1||fixed|
The information below is based on the following data on fixed versions.
|Package||Type||Release||Fixed Version||Urgency||Origin||Debian Bugs|
- python3.7 <not-affected> (Reading ahead of file objects implemented differently)
- python3.6 <not-affected> (Reading ahead of file objects implemented differently)
- python3.5 <not-affected> (Reading ahead of file objects implemented differently)
- python3.4 <not-affected> (Reading ahead of file objects implemented differently)
- python3.2 <not-affected> (Reading ahead of file objects implemented differently)
Original report: https://bugs.python.org/issue31530
which was followed by a pull request to fix the issue:
The original approach caused a regression leading to
where the 6401e56 commit was mostly reverted again.
No practical security impact, why DWF assigned a CVE ID is hard to tell