Deleting and

Guido van Rossum
Mon, 06 Jan 2003 11:17:50 -0500

There have been reports of serious security problems with and starting with Python 2.2.  We do not have the resources to
fix these problems.  Therefore, I will disable these modules in the next
2.3 alpha release and in the next 2.2 release (2.2.3, no release date
scheduled).  If you are using or with any version
of Python 2.2 or 2.3 to safeguard anonymously submitted source code, I
strongly recommend that you stop doing so immediately, because it is
*not* safe.

There are also known security problems with older versions of Python,
but the holes created by Python 2.2 are much bigger (big enough to
drive an airplane carrier through).

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