USN-3199-3: Python Crypto vulnerability

28 August 2017

python-crypto vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 ESM


Programs using the Python Cryptography Toolkit could be made to crash or run programs if they receive specially crafted network traffic or other input.

Software Description

  • python-crypto - cryptographic algorithms and protocols for Python


USN-3199-1 fixed a vulnerability in Python Crypto. This update provides the corresponding update for Ubuntu 12.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

It was discovered that the ALGnew function in block_templace.c in the Python Cryptography Toolkit contained a heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability. A remote attacker could use this flaw to execute arbitrary code by using a crafted initialization vector parameter.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 12.04 ESM
python-crypto - 2.4.1-1ubuntu0.2
python3-crypto - 2.4.1-1ubuntu0.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.