Python 2.6.8 is a security-fix source-only release for Python 2.6.7, fixing several reported security issues: issue 13703 (oCERT-2011-003, CVE-2012-1150, hash collision denial of service), issue 14234 (CVE-2012-0876, pyexpat hash randomization), issue 14001 (CVE-2012-0845, SimpleXMLRPCServer denial of service), and issue 13885 (CVE-2011-3389, disabling of the CBC IV attack countermeasure in the _ssl module). Python 2.6.8 was released on April 10, 2012.
The last binary release of Python 2.6 was 2.6.6.
Python 2.6 is now in security-fix-only mode; no new features are being added, and no new bug fix releases are planned. We intend to provide source-only security fixes for the Python 2.6 series until October 2013 (five years after the 2.6 final release). For ongoing maintenance releases, please see the Python 2.7 series. The NEWS file lists every change in each alpha, beta, and release candidate of Python 2.6.
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This is a testing release; we currently support these formats:
MD5 checksums and sizes of the released files:
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Developers on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) or later may experience problems when building Python 2.6 from source, due to the adoption of multiarch support. See issue 9762 for additional details and workarounds. The version of Python 2.6 in Ubuntu itself has been appropriately patched, so the Ubuntu source package should build just fine.