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: 1.9

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/28/2014

Updated: 1/11/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.1


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

Temporal Vector: 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 Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 10/26/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3660

BID: 70644

DSA: 3057