Remote code execution in PyYAML parser and emitter for Python



Published: 2020-03-09 | Updated: 2020-07-15
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-1747
CWE-ID CWE-20
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
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PyYAML
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Vendor The YAML Project

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one high risk vulnerability.

1) Input validation error

EUVDB-ID: #VU25823

Risk: High

CVSSv3.1: 8.5 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-1747

CWE-ID: CWE-20 - Improper Input Validation

Exploit availability: No

Description

The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to insufficient validation of user-supplied input when processing untrusted YAML files passed via the "full_load" method or with the "FullLoader" loader. A remote attacker can pass specially crafted input to the application and execute arbitrary code by abusing the python/object/new constructor.

Mitigation

Install update from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

PyYAML: 3.01 - 5.3


CPE2.3 External links

http://snyk.io/vuln/SNYK-PYTHON-PYYAML-559098
http://github.com/yaml/pyyaml/pull/386
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1807367

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.



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