Public Date:
758905: CVE-2011-4944 python: distutils creates ~/.pypirc insecurely

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

Python 2.6 through 3.2 creates ~/.pypirc with world-readable permissions before changing them after data has been written, which introduces a race condition that allows local users to obtain a username and password by reading this file.

Find out more about CVE-2011-4944 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact. This issue is not currently planned to be addressed in future updates. For additional information, refer to the Issue Severity Classification:

CVSS v2 metrics

NOTE: The following CVSS v2 metrics and score provided are preliminary and subject to review.

Base Score 1.2
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity High
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact Partial
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact None

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 (python) RHSA-2012:0745 2012-06-18
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6 (python) RHSA-2012:0744 2012-06-18

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 python Will not fix