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Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 00:29:38 -0600
From: Kurt Seifried <>
CC: Donald Stufft <>,,
Subject: Re: Requesting CVE-ID(s) for Python's pip

Hash: SHA1

On 07/26/2013 09:46 AM, Donald Stufft wrote:
> On Jul 26, 2013, at 8:03 AM, isis agora lovecruft
> <> wrote:
>> I would also like to request CVE assignment(s) for two issues in
>> pip (, related to Donald Stufft's.
>> First issue: ------------ Python's pip versions 1.4.x and earlier
>> are vulnerable to an Arbitrary Code Execution Attack due to
>> incorrect regexp parsing of external download links in the
>> following functions in pip/
>> * PackageFinder._get_pages()
>> *
>> PackageFinder._sort_links()
>> *
>> PackageFinder._package_versions()
>> *
>> PackageFinder._link_package_versions()
>> Which allow an attacker with the ability to Man-in-the-Middle
>> external package URIs (which often include external HTTP URIs,
>> and can include the module author's personal website, see 
to specify an arbitrarily high package version number and gain code
>> execution.
>> Uptream bugtracker reports:
>> Other mentions:
>> This issue is fixed in pip>=1.5.x by Donald Stufft in the
>> following commits: 
> I'm not sure I understand this one. Is this just the external urls?
> Technically it wasn't a problem with the regexp's they worked fine.
> It was just bad behavior inherited from legacy systems. 1.4.x
> defaults to allowing them but enables people to turn them off,
> 1.5.x will disallow them by default.
> 1.3.x and earlier allowed them and offered no way to disable them.

So it sounds like 1.3.x was definitely vulnerable to this with no way
to disable it, 1.4 was vulnerable by default but could be made safe,
and 1.5 is vulnerable but safe by default, is that correct?

>> Second issue: ------------- Python's pip versions 1.5.x and
>> earlier use MD5 hashes for verification of package integrity
>> against PyPI (which defaults to providing MD5).
> Strictly speaking pip doesn't default to any hash. It just uses the
> hash given to it. Prior to 1.2 it only allowed MD5 but since the
> release of 1.2 it has allowed any of the guaranteed hashes in
> python's hash lib.
> See:
> Setuptools has also historically only allowed MD5 but has recently
> with version 0.9+ enabled similar abilities to setuptools to enable
> the use of any available hashes as well. Distribute (a fork of
> setuptools which has now been merged back into setuptools) only
> supports MD5 in it's older releases.

I'm not sure in this case MD5 alone is a security vulnerability, I
think previously it had been decided that just because it uses MD5
wasn't ernough to get a CVE, it had to have some specific use that
made MD5 a problem. OTOH DES is at this point worthy of a CVE since
you can crack it in a reasonable amount of time on AWS/etc for a few
hundred bucks or less. Personally I would assign a CVE to everything
using MD5 by default to try and help kill it off, but that would be a
lot of CVEs.

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