USN-3790-1: Requests vulnerability

15 October 2018

requests vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Requests could be made to expose sensitive information if it received a specially crafted HTTP header.

Software Description

  • requests - elegant and simple HTTP library for Python


It was discovered that Requests incorrectly handled certain HTTP headers. An attacker could possibly use this issue to access sensitive information.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
python-requests - 2.18.4-2ubuntu0.1
python3-requests - 2.18.4-2ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
python-requests - 2.9.1-3ubuntu0.1
python3-requests - 2.9.1-3ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
python-requests - 2.2.1-1ubuntu0.4
python-requests-whl - 2.2.1-1ubuntu0.4
python3-requests - 2.2.1-1ubuntu0.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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