Debian DSA-1461-1 : libxml2 - missing input validation

medium Nessus Plugin ID 29938
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The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Brad Fitzpatrick discovered that the UTF-8 decoding functions of libxml2, the GNOME XML library, validate UTF-8 correctness insufficiently, which may lead to denial of service by forcing libxml2 into an infinite loop.


Upgrade the libxml2 packages.

For the old stable distribution (sarge), this problem has been fixed in version 2.6.16-7sarge1.

For the stable distribution (etch), this problem has been fixed in version 2.6.27.dfsg-2.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 29938

File Name: debian_DSA-1461.nasl

Version: 1.19

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 1/14/2008

Updated: 1/4/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libxml2, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.1, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:4.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/13/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-6284

DSA: 1461

CWE: 399