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python -- buffer overrun in repr() for unicode strings


Benjamin C. Wiley Sittler reports:

I discovered a [buffer overrun in repr() for unicode strings]. This causes an unpatched non-debug wide (UTF-32/UCS-4) build of python to abort.

Ubuntu security team reports:

If an application uses repr() on arbitrary untrusted data, this [bug] could be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the python application.



portaudit: python -- buffer overrun in repr() for unicode strings

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