Debian DSA-1861-1 : libxml - several vulnerabilities

medium Nessus Plugin ID 44726



The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Rauli Kaksonen, Tero Rontti and Jukka Taimisto discovered several vulnerabilities in libxml, a library for parsing and handling XML data files, which can lead to denial of service conditions or possibly arbitrary code execution in the application using the library. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problems :

- CVE-2009-2416 An XML document with specially crafted Notation or Enumeration attribute types in a DTD definition leads to the use of a pointers to memory areas which have already been freed.

- CVE-2009-2414 Missing checks for the depth of ELEMENT DTD definitions when parsing child content can lead to extensive stack-growth due to a function recursion which can be triggered via a crafted XML document.


Upgrade the libxml packages.

For the oldstable distribution (etch), this problem has been fixed in version 1.8.17-14+etch1.

The stable (lenny), testing (squeeze) and unstable (sid) distribution do not contain libxml anymore but libxml2 for which DSA-1859-1 has been released.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 44726

File Name: debian_DSA-1861.nasl

Version: 1.22

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2/24/2010

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.2

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/13/2009

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-2414, CVE-2009-2416

BID: 36010

CWE: 119, 399

DSA: 1861