Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 8.04 LTS / 9.10 / 10.04 LTS / 10.10 : libxml2 vulnerability (USN-1016-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 50560


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


Bui Quang Minh discovered that libxml2 did not properly process XPath namespaces and attributes. If an application using libxml2 opened a specially crafted XML file, an attacker could cause a denial of service or possibly execute code as the user invoking the program.

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Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 50560

File Name: ubuntu_USN-1016-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2010/11/11

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libxml2, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libxml2-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libxml2-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libxml2-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libxml2-utils, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python-libxml2, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python-libxml2-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python2.4-libxml2, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2010/11/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-4008

OSVDB: 69205

USN: 1016-1