RHEL 4 : libxml2 (RHSA-2012:0016)

High Nessus Plugin ID 57491

Synopsis

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

Description

Updated libxml2 packages that fix several security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having important security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

The libxml2 library is a development toolbox providing the implementation of various XML standards. One of those standards is the XML Path Language (XPath), which is a language for addressing parts of an XML document.

A heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way libxml2 decoded entity references with long names. A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted XML file that, when opened in an application linked against libxml2, would cause the application to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. (CVE-2011-3919)

An off-by-one error, leading to a heap-based buffer overflow, was found in the way libxml2 parsed certain XML files. A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted XML file that, when opened in an application linked against libxml2, would cause the application to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. (CVE-2011-0216)

A flaw was found in the way libxml2 parsed certain XPath expressions.
If an attacker were able to supply a specially crafted XML file to an application using libxml2, as well as an XPath expression for that application to run against the crafted file, it could cause the application to crash. (CVE-2011-2834)

Note: Red Hat does not ship any applications that use libxml2 in a way that would allow the CVE-2011-2834 flaw to be exploited; however, third-party applications may allow XPath expressions to be passed which could trigger this flaw.

An out-of-bounds memory read flaw was found in libxml2. A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted XML file that, when opened in an application linked against libxml2, would cause the application to crash. (CVE-2011-3905)

All users of libxml2 are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. The desktop must be restarted (log out, then log back in) for this update to take effect.

Solution

Update the affected libxml2, libxml2-devel and / or libxml2-python packages.

See Also

https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2011-0216

https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2011-2834

https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2011-3905

https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2011-3919

https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012:0016

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 57491

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2012-0016.nasl

Version: 1.15

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/01/12

Updated: 2018/11/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 6.9

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-python, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/01/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-0216, CVE-2011-2834, CVE-2011-3905, CVE-2011-3919

RHSA: 2012:0016