Oracle Linux 4 / 5 : PyXML (ELSA-2010-0002)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 67979


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing a security update.


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2010:0002 :

An updated PyXML package that fixes one security issue is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

PyXML provides XML libraries for Python. The distribution contains a validating XML parser, an implementation of the SAX and DOM programming interfaces, and an interface to the Expat parser.

A buffer over-read flaw was found in the way PyXML's Expat parser handled malformed UTF-8 sequences when processing XML files. A specially crafted XML file could cause Python applications using PyXML's Expat parser to crash while parsing the file. (CVE-2009-3720)

This update makes PyXML use the system Expat library rather than its own internal copy; therefore, users must install the RHSA-2009:1625 expat update together with this PyXML update to resolve the CVE-2009-3720 issue.

All PyXML users should upgrade to this updated package, which changes PyXML to use the system Expat library. After installing this update along with RHSA-2009:1625, applications using the PyXML library must be restarted for the update to take effect.


Update the affected pyxml package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 67979

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2010-0002.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/07/12

Modified: 2016/04/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:PyXML, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:4, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:5

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2010/01/05

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-3720

BID: 36097

OSVDB: 59737

RHSA: 2010:0002