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MDKSA-2004:019: python Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the python package

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

The remote host is missing the patch for the advisory MDKSA-2004:019 (python).

A buffer overflow in python 2.2's getaddrinfo() function was discovered by
Sebastian Schmidt. If python 2.2 is built without IPv6 support, a possible hacker
could configure their name server to let a hostname resolve to a special IPv6
address, which could contain a memory address where shellcode is placed. This
problem does not affect python versions prior to 2.2 or versions 2.2.2+, and it
also doesn't exist if IPv6 support is enabled.
The updated packages have been patched to correct the problem. Thanks to
Sebastian for both the discovery and patch.

Solution :
Threat Level: High

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