FreeBSD : libxml2 -- An off-by-one out-of-bounds write by XPointer (b8ae4659-a0da-11e1-a294-bcaec565249c)

High Nessus Plugin ID 59207


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Google chrome team reports :

An off-by-one out-of-bounds write flaw was found in the way libxml, a library for providing XML and HTML support, evaluated certain XPointer parts (XPointer is used by libxml to include only the part from the returned XML document, that can be accessed using the XPath expression given with the XPointer). A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted XML file, which once opened in an application, linked against libxml, would lead to that application crash, or, potentially arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the user running the application.

Note: The flaw to be exploited requires the particular application, linked against libxml, to use the XPointer evaluation functionality.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 59207

File Name: freebsd_pkg_b8ae4659a0da11e1a294bcaec565249c.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Published: 2012/05/21

Modified: 2014/08/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:libxml2, p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:linux-f10-libxml2, cpe:/o:freebsd:freebsd

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/FreeBSD/release, Host/FreeBSD/pkg_info

Patch Publication Date: 2012/05/18

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2012/05/15

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-3202