USN-3496-2: Python vulnerability

28 November 2017

python2.7 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 ESM


Python could be made to run arbitrary code.

Software Description

  • python2.7 - An interactive high-level object-oriented language


USN-3496-1 fixed a vulnerability in Python. This update provides the corresponding update for Ubuntu 12.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

It was discovered that Python incorrectly handled decoding certain strings. An attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 ESM
python2.7 - 2.7.3-0ubuntu3.10
python2.7-minimal - 2.7.3-0ubuntu3.10

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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