CentOS 5 / 6 : libxml2 (CESA-2012:1512)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 63100
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Synopsis

The remote CentOS host is missing one or more security updates.

Description

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 important 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.

A heap-based buffer underflow flaw was found in the way libxml2 decoded certain entities. A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted XML file that, when opened in an application linked against libxml2, would cause the application to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. (CVE-2012-5134)

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 libxml2 packages.

See Also

http://www.nessus.org/u?2fee1f03

http://www.nessus.org/u?85157602

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 63100

File Name: centos_RHSA-2012-1512.nasl

Version: 1.17

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 11/30/2012

Updated: 1/4/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2012-5134

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:libxml2, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:libxml2-devel, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:libxml2-python, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:libxml2-static, cpe:/o:centos:centos:5, cpe:/o:centos:centos:6

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/29/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/28/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-5134

BID: 56684

RHSA: 2012:1512