Debian DSA-2534-1 : postgresql-8.4 - several vulnerabilities

medium Nessus Plugin ID 61662
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The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Two vulnerabilities related to XML processing were discovered in PostgreSQL, a SQL database.

- CVE-2012-3488 contrib/xml2's xslt_process() can be used to read and write external files and URLs.

- CVE-2012-3489 xml_parse() fetches external files or URLs to resolve DTD and entity references in XML values.

This update removes the problematic functionality, potentially breaking applications which use it in a legitimate way.

Due to the nature of these vulnerabilities, it is possible that attackers who have only indirect access to the database can supply crafted XML data which exploits this vulnerability.


Upgrade the postgresql-8.4 packages.

For the stable distribution (squeeze), these problems have been fixed in version 8.4.13-0squeeze1.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 61662

File Name: debian_DSA-2534.nasl

Version: 1.18

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/27/2012

Updated: 1/11/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.9

Temporal Score: 3.6

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:N

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:postgresql-8.4, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:6.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/25/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-3488, CVE-2012-3489

BID: 55072, 55074

DSA: 2534