CentOS 5 : xerces-j2 (CESA-2009:1615)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 43807



The remote CentOS host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated xerces-j2 packages that fix a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

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

The xerces-j2 packages provide the Apache Xerces2 Java Parser, a high-performance XML parser. A Document Type Definition (DTD) defines the legal syntax (and also which elements can be used) for certain types of files, such as XML files.

A flaw was found in the way the Apache Xerces2 Java Parser processed the SYSTEM identifier in DTDs. A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted XML file, which once parsed by an application using the Apache Xerces2 Java Parser, would lead to a denial of service (application hang due to excessive CPU use). (CVE-2009-2625)

Users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. Applications using the Apache Xerces2 Java Parser must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected xerces-j2 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 43807

File Name: centos_RHSA-2009-1615.nasl

Version: 1.17

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 1/6/2010

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:xerces-j2, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:xerces-j2-demo, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:xerces-j2-javadoc-apis, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:xerces-j2-javadoc-impl, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:xerces-j2-javadoc-other, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:xerces-j2-javadoc-xni, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:xerces-j2-scripts, cpe:/o:centos:centos:5

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/17/2009

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/6/2009

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-2625

BID: 35958

CWE: 264

RHSA: 2009:1615