RHEL 6 : libxml2 (RHSA-2014:0513)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 74102


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


Updated libxml2 packages that fix two security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having Moderate security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

The libxml2 library is a development toolbox providing the implementation of various XML standards.

It was discovered that libxml2 loaded external parameter entities even when entity substitution was disabled. A remote attacker able to provide a specially crafted XML file to an application linked against libxml2 could use this flaw to conduct XML External Entity (XXE) attacks, possibly resulting in a denial of service or an information leak on the system. (CVE-2014-0191)

An out-of-bounds read flaw was found in the way libxml2 detected the end of an XML file. A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted XML file that, when processed by an application linked against libxml2, could cause the application to crash. (CVE-2013-2877)

The CVE-2014-0191 issue was discovered by Daniel P. Berrange of Red Hat.

All libxml2 users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. 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: 74102

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2014-0513.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/05/20

Modified: 2017/01/06

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: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:6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.5

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: 2014/05/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-2877, CVE-2014-0191

BID: 61050, 67233

RHSA: 2014:0513