Debian Security Advisory

DLA-3331-1 python-cryptography -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
21 Feb 2023
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2023-23931.
More information:

It was discovered that there was a potential memory corrution vulnerability in python-cryptography, a Python library offering a number of encryption and cryptography primitives.

  • CVE-2023-23931

    cryptography is a package designed to expose cryptographic primitives and recipes to Python developers. In affected versions `Cipher.update_into` would accept Python objects which implement the buffer protocol, but provide only immutable buffers. This would allow immutable objects (such as `bytes`) to be mutated, thus violating fundamental rules of Python and resulting in corrupted output. This now correctly raises an exception. This issue has been present since `update_into` was originally introduced in cryptography 1.8.

For Debian 10 Buster, this problem has been fixed in version 2.6.1-3+deb10u3.

We recommend that you upgrade your python-cryptography packages.

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