SUSE SLED15 / SLES15 Security Update : libxml2 (SUSE-SU-2018:3080-1)

high Nessus Plugin ID 120125



The remote SUSE host is missing one or more security updates.


This update for libxml2 fixes the following security issues :

CVE-2018-9251: The xz_decomp function allowed remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop) via a crafted XML file that triggers LZMA_MEMLIMIT_ERROR, as demonstrated by xmllint (bsc#1088279)

CVE-2018-14567: Prevent denial of service (infinite loop) via a crafted XML file that triggers LZMA_MEMLIMIT_ERROR, as demonstrated by xmllint (bsc#1105166)

CVE-2018-14404: Prevent NULL pointer dereference in the xmlXPathCompOpEval() function when parsing an invalid XPath expression in the XPATH_OP_AND or XPATH_OP_OR case leading to a denial of service attack (bsc#1102046)

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the SUSE security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


To install this SUSE Security Update use the SUSE recommended installation methods like YaST online_update or 'zypper patch'.

Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product :

SUSE Linux Enterprise Module for Basesystem 15:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-Module-Basesystem-15-2018-2182=1

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 120125

File Name: suse_SU-2018-3080-1.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 1/2/2019

Updated: 3/16/2020

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.1


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libxml2, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libxml2-2, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libxml2-2-32bit-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libxml2-2-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libxml2-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libxml2-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libxml2-tools, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libxml2-tools-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:python-libxml2-python-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:python2-libxml2-python, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:python2-libxml2-python-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:python3-libxml2-python, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:python3-libxml2-python-debuginfo, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:15

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/SuSE/release, Host/SuSE/rpm-list

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 10/9/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 4/4/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-14404, CVE-2018-14567, CVE-2018-9251