Ubuntu 12.04 LTS : feedparser vulnerability (USN-1449-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 59238


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


It was discovered that feedparser did not properly sanitize ENTITY declarations in encoded fields. A remote attacker could exploit this to cause a denial of service via memory exhaustion.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected python-feedparser and / or python3-feedparser packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 59238

File Name: ubuntu_USN-1449-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/05/23

Modified: 2016/05/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python-feedparser, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python3-feedparser, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts

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

Patch Publication Date: 2012/05/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-2921

OSVDB: 81701

USN: 1449-1