Oracle Linux 3 / 4 / 5 : libxml / libxml2 (ELSA-2009-1206)

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Synopsis :

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

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2009:1206 :

Updated libxml and libxml2 packages that fix multiple security issues
are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the
Red Hat Security Response Team.

libxml is a library for parsing and manipulating XML files. A Document
Type Definition (DTD) defines the legal syntax (and also which
elements can be used) for certain types of files, such as XML files.

A stack overflow flaw was found in the way libxml processes the root
XML document element definition in a DTD. A remote attacker could
provide a specially-crafted XML file, which once opened by a local,
unsuspecting user, would lead to denial of service (application
crash). (CVE-2009-2414)

Multiple use-after-free flaws were found in the way libxml parses the
Notation and Enumeration attribute types. A remote attacker could
provide a specially-crafted XML file, which once opened by a local,
unsuspecting user, would lead to denial of service (application
crash). (CVE-2009-2416)

Users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain
backported patches to resolve these issues. For Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 3, they contain backported patches for the libxml and libxml2
packages. For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, they contain
backported patches for the libxml2 packages. The desktop must be
restarted (log out, then log back in) for this update to take effect.

See also :

https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2009-August/001112.html
https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2009-August/001109.html
https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2009-August/001106.html

Solution :

Update the affected libxml and / or libxml2 packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.3
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 67909 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2009-2414
CVE-2009-2416