Scientific Linux Security Update : libxml2 on SL5.x, SL6.x i386/x86_64 (20120221)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 61268
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Synopsis

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.

Description

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.
(CVE-2012-0841)

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.

Solution

Update the affected packages.

See Also

http://www.nessus.org/u?5eeeec98

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 61268

File Name: sl_20120221_libxml2_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.14

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/1/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Low

Score: 2.7

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libxml2, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libxml2-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libxml2-devel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libxml2-python, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libxml2-static, x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2/21/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/21/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-0841