RHEL 4 / 5 : libxslt (RHSA-2008:0649)

High Nessus Plugin ID 33784


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


Updated libxslt packages that fix a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

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

libxslt is a library for transforming XML files into other XML files using the standard XSLT stylesheet transformation mechanism.

A heap buffer overflow flaw was discovered in the RC4 libxslt library extension. An attacker could create a malicious XSL file that would cause a crash, or, possibly, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the application using the libxslt library to perform XSL transformations on untrusted XSL style sheets. (CVE-2008-2935)

Red Hat would like to thank Chris Evans for reporting this vulnerability.

All libxslt 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: 33784

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-0649.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.18 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2008/08/01

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:ND

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:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.7, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.2

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: 2008/07/31

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2935

BID: 30467

OSVDB: 47544

RHSA: 2008:0649

CWE: 119