Ubuntu 4.10 : libxml vulnerabilities (USN-89-1)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 20714
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The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Several buffer overflows have been discovered in libxml's FTP connection and DNS resolution functions. Supplying very long FTP URLs or IP addresses might result in execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the process using libxml.

This does not affect the core XML parsing code, which is what the majority of programs use this library for.

Note: The same vulnerability was already fixed for libxml2 in USN-10-1.

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


Update the affected libxml-dev and / or libxml1 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 20714

File Name: ubuntu_USN-89-1.nasl

Version: 1.15

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 1/15/2006

Updated: 1/19/2021

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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libxml-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libxml1, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:4.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 2/28/2005

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0989

USN: 89-1