Debian Security Advisory

DLA-2074-1 python-apt -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
23 Jan 2020
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Debian bugtracking system: Bug 944696.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2019-15795, CVE-2019-15796.
More information:

Several issues have been found in python-apt, a python interface to libapt-pkg.

  • CVE-2019-15795

    It was discovered that python-apt would still use MD5 hashes to validate certain downloaded packages. If a remote attacker were able to perform a man-in-the-middle attack, this flaw could potentially be used to install altered packages.

  • CVE-2019-15796

    It was discovered that python-apt could install packages from untrusted repositories, contrary to expectations.

For Debian 8 Jessie, these problems have been fixed in version

We recommend that you upgrade your python-apt packages.

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