Debian DSA-3057-1 : libxml2 - security update

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 78694


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Sogeti found a denial of service flaw in libxml2, a library providing support to read, modify and write XML and HTML files. A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted XML file that, when processed by an application using libxml2, would lead to excessive CPU consumption (denial of service) based on excessive entity substitutions, even if entity substitution was disabled, which is the parser default behavior. (CVE-2014-3660 )

In addition, this update addresses a misapplied chunk for a patch released in version 2.8.0+dfsg1-7+wheezy1 (#762864), and a memory leak regression (#765770) introduced in version 2.8.0+dfsg1-7+nmu3.


Upgrade the libxml2 packages.

For the stable distribution (wheezy), this problem has been fixed in version 2.8.0+dfsg1-7+wheezy2.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 78694

File Name: debian_DSA-3057.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/10/28

Updated: 2018/11/10

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libxml2, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:7.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/10/26

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3660

BID: 70644

DSA: 3057