#VU19256 Information disclosure in Python

Published: 2019-07-19 | Updated: 2019-07-22

Vulnerability identifier: #VU19256

Vulnerability risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 4.6 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2018-20852


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Universal components / Libraries / Scripting languages

Vendor: Python.org


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to gain access to potentially sensitive information.

The vulnerability exists due to the "http.cookiejar.DefaultPolicy.domain_return_ok" in the "Lib/http/cookiejar.py" file returns incorrect results during cookie domain checks. A remote attacker can trick a victim to execute a program that uses the "http.cookiejar.DefaultPolicy" to make an HTTP connection to an attacker-controlled server with a hostname that has another valid hostname as a suffix.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability can allow an attacker to gain unauthorized access to sensitive information on the system, such as existing cookies.

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Vulnerable software versions

Python: 2.7.0 - 2.7.16, 3.1.0 - 3.1.5, 3.2.0 - 3.2.6, 3.3 - 3.3.6, 3.4.0 - 3.4.9, 3.5.0 - 3.5.6, 3.6.0 - 3.6.8, 3.7.0 - 3.7.2

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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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