RHEL 5 / 6 : libxml2 (RHSA-2013:0581)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 64945


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


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 moderate 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 denial of service flaw was found in the way libxml2 performed string substitutions when entity values for entity references replacement was enabled. A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted XML file that, when processed by an application linked against libxml2, would lead to excessive CPU consumption. (CVE-2013-0338)

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.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 64945

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2013-0581.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.14 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/03/01

Modified: 2017/01/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-python, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-static, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.9, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.4

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2013/02/28

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-0338

BID: 58180

OSVDB: 90631

RHSA: 2013:0581