Oracle Linux 4 / 5 : PyXML (ELSA-2010-0002)

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Synopsis :

The remote Oracle Linux host is missing a security update.

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2010:0002 :

An updated PyXML package that fixes one security issue is now
available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.

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

PyXML provides XML libraries for Python. The distribution contains a
validating XML parser, an implementation of the SAX and DOM
programming interfaces, and an interface to the Expat parser.

A buffer over-read flaw was found in the way PyXML's Expat parser
handled malformed UTF-8 sequences when processing XML files. A
specially crafted XML file could cause Python applications using
PyXML's Expat parser to crash while parsing the file. (CVE-2009-3720)

This update makes PyXML use the system Expat library rather than its
own internal copy
therefore, users must install the RHSA-2009:1625
expat update together with this PyXML update to resolve the
CVE-2009-3720 issue.

All PyXML users should upgrade to this updated package, which changes
PyXML to use the system Expat library. After installing this update
along with RHSA-2009:1625, applications using the PyXML library must
be restarted for the update to take effect.

See also :

https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2010-January/001298.html
https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2010-January/001300.html

Solution :

Update the affected pyxml package.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)
CVSS Temporal Score : 4.3
(CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 67979 ()

Bugtraq ID: 36097

CVE ID: CVE-2009-3720