Scientific Linux Security Update : libxml2 on SL5.x, 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.

It was found that the hashing routine used by libxml2 arrays was
susceptible to predictable hash collisions. Sending a
specially-crafted message to an XML service could result in longer
processing time, which could lead to a denial of service. To mitigate
this issue, randomization has been added to the hashing function to
reduce the chance of an attacker successfully causing intentional
collisions. (CVE-2012-0841)

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

See also :

http://www.nessus.org/u?de74219a

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 61268 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2012-0841