Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : libxml2 (MDKSA-2004:018)
High Nessus Plugin ID 14118
SynopsisThe remote Mandrake Linux host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionA flaw in libxml2 versions prior to 2.6.6 was found by Yuuichi Teranishi. When fetching a remote source via FTP or HTTP, libxml2 uses special parsing routines that can overflow a buffer if passed a very long URL. In the event that the attacker can find a program that uses libxml2 which parses remote resources and allows them to influence the URL, this flaw could be used to execute arbitrary code.
The updated packages provide a backported fix to correct the problem.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.