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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   mod_python Vendors:   Apache Software Foundation
(Gentoo Issues Fix) Apache mod_python Publisher Handler Discloses Information to Remote Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1013174
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1013174
CVE Reference:   CVE-2005-0088   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Feb 14 2005
Impact:   Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in mod_python in the publisher handler. A remote user may be able to view certain python objects.

A remote user can submit a specially crafted URL to view the names and values of variables in a published module, as well as the installation path of the module.

The vulnerability resides in 'publisher.py'.

Graham Dumpleton discovered this flaw.

Impact:   A remote user may be able to access potentially sensitive information.
Solution:   Gentoo has released a fix and indicates that all mod_python users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-python/mod_python-3.1.3-r1"

Vendor URL:  www.modpython.org/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Gentoo)

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Feb 11 2005 Apache mod_python Publisher Handler Discloses Information to Remote Users



 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [gentoo-announce] [ GLSA 200502-14 ] mod_python: Publisher Handler vulnerability


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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200502-14
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  Severity: Low
     Title: mod_python: Publisher Handler vulnerability
      Date: February 13, 2005
      Bugs: #80109
        ID: 200502-14

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Synopsis
========

mod_python contains a vulnerability in the Publisher Handler
potentially leading to information disclosure.

Background
==========

mod_python is an Apache module that embeds the Python interpreter
within the server allowing Python-based web-applications to be created.

Affected packages
=================

    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     Package                /  Vulnerable  /                Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  dev-python/mod_python     < 3.1.3-r1                  >= 3.1.3-r1

Description
===========

Graham Dumpleton discovered a vulnerability in mod_python's Publisher
Handler.

Impact
======

By requesting a specially crafted URL for a published module page, an
attacker could obtain information about restricted variables.

Workaround
==========

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
==========

All mod_python users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-python/mod_python-3.1.3-r1"

References
==========

  [ 1 ] CAN-2005-0088
        http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-0088

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200502-14.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
=======

Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

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