GLSA-200808-06 : libxslt: Execution of arbitrary code

High Nessus Plugin ID 33836


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200808-06 (libxslt: Execution of arbitrary code)

Chris Evans (Google Security) reported that the libexslt library that is part of libxslt is affected by a heap-based buffer overflow in the RC4 encryption/decryption functions.
Impact :

A remote attacker could entice a user to process an XML file using a specially crafted XSLT stylesheet in an application linked against libxslt, possibly leading to the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All libxslt users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-libs/libxslt-1.1.24-r1'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 33836

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200808-06.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2008/08/07

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/08/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2935

OSVDB: 47544

GLSA: 200808-06

CWE: 119