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

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.

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

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 61268 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2012-0841