GLSA-201409-08 : libxml2: Denial of Service
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 77776
SynopsisThe remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionThe remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201409-08 (libxml2: Denial of Service)
A vulnerability in the xmlParserHandlePEReference() function of parser.c, when expanding entity references, can be exploited to consume large amounts of memory and cause a crash or hang.
A remote attacker may be able to cause Denial of Service via a specially crafted XML file containing malicious attributes.
There is no known workaround at this time.
SolutionAll libxml2 users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-libs/libxml2-2.9.1-r4'