RHEL 6 / 7 : xerces-j2 (RHSA-2014:1319)

High Nessus Plugin ID 77979


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


Updated xerces-j2 packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7.

Red Hat Product Security 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.

Apache Xerces for Java (Xerces-J) is a high performance, standards compliant, validating XML parser written in Java. The xerces-j2 packages provide Xerces-J version 2.

A resource consumption issue was found in the way Xerces-J handled XML declarations. A remote attacker could use an XML document with a specially crafted declaration using a long pseudo-attribute name that, when parsed by an application using Xerces-J, would cause that application to use an excessive amount of CPU. (CVE-2013-4002)

All xerces-j2 users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. Applications using the Xerces-J must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 77979

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2014-1319.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.8 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/09/30

Modified: 2017/01/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.1

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xerces-j2, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xerces-j2-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xerces-j2-demo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xerces-j2-javadoc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xerces-j2-javadoc-apis, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xerces-j2-javadoc-impl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xerces-j2-javadoc-other, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xerces-j2-javadoc-xni, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xerces-j2-scripts, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7

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: 2014/09/29

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-4002

OSVDB: 95418

RHSA: 2014:1319