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

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 64964


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


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)

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: 64964

File Name: sl_20130228_libxml2_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/03/01

Modified: 2015/01/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/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: 2013/02/28

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-0338