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

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 63106


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


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)

The desktop must be restarted (log out, then log back in) for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 63106

File Name: sl_20121129_libxml2_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/11/30

Modified: 2015/01/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: 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: 2012/11/29

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-5134