GLSA-200411-05 : libxml2: Remotely exploitable buffer overflow

critical Nessus Plugin ID 15610
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The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200411-05 (libxml2: Remotely exploitable buffer overflow)

Multiple buffer overflows have been detected in the nanoftp and nanohttp modules. These modules are responsible for parsing URLs with ftp information, and resolving names via DNS.
Impact :

An attacker could exploit an application that uses libxml2 by forcing it to parse a specially crafted XML file, potentially causing remote execution of arbitrary code.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All libxml2 users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-libs/libxml2-2.6.15'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 15610

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200411-05.nasl

Version: 1.20

Type: local

Published: 11/3/2004

Updated: 1/6/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.6


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:libxml2, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 11/2/2004

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0989

GLSA: 200411-05