RHEL 2.1 / 3 / 4 / 5 : libxslt (RHSA-2008:0287)

High Nessus Plugin ID 32421


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated libxslt packages that fix a security issue are now available.

This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

libxslt is a C library, based on libxml, for parsing of XML files into other textual formats (eg HTML, plain text and other XML representations of the underlying data) It uses the standard XSLT stylesheet transformation mechanism and, being written in plain ANSI C, is designed to be simple to incorporate into other applications

Anthony de Almeida Lopes reported the libxslt library did not properly process long 'transformation match' conditions in the XSL stylesheet files. An attacker could create a malicious XSL file that would cause a crash, or, possibly, execute and arbitrary code with the privileges of the application using libxslt library to perform XSL transformations. (CVE-2008-1767)

All users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve this issue.


Update the affected libxslt, libxslt-devel and / or libxslt-python packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 32421

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-0287.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.18 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2008/05/22

Modified: 2017/01/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxslt, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxslt-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxslt-python, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.1

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/05/21

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1767

BID: 29312

OSVDB: 45419

RHSA: 2008:0287

CWE: 119