Scientific Linux Security Update : libxml2 on SL6.x i386/x86_64

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Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security
updates.

Description :

The libxml2 library is a development toolbox providing the
implementation of various XML standards.

A heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way libxml2 decoded
entity references with long names. A remote attacker could provide a
specially-crafted XML file that, when opened in an application linked
against libxml2, would cause the application to crash or, potentially,
execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the
application. (CVE-2011-3919)

An out-of-bounds memory read flaw was found in libxml2. A remote
attacker could provide a specially-crafted XML file that, when opened
in an application linked against libxml2, would cause the application
to crash. (CVE-2011-3905)

All users of libxml2 are advised to upgrade to these updated packages,
which contain backported patches to correct these issues. The desktop
must be restarted (log out, then log back in) for this update to take
effect.

See also :

http://www.nessus.org/u?ab31b0d4

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.5
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 61218 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2011-3905
CVE-2011-3919