RHEL 5 / 6 : libxml2 (RHSA-2012:0324)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 58086


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


Updated libxml2 packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

The libxml2 library is a development toolbox providing the implementation of various XML standards.

It was found that the hashing routine used by libxml2 arrays was susceptible to predictable hash collisions. Sending a specially crafted message to an XML service could result in longer processing time, which could lead to a denial of service. To mitigate this issue, randomization has been added to the hashing function to reduce the chance of an attacker successfully causing intentional collisions.

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


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 58086

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2012-0324.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.23 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/02/22

Modified: 2017/09/07

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

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:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-python, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-static, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.2

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: 2012/02/21

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-0841

OSVDB: 79437

RHSA: 2012:0324