Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS : libxml2 vulnerability (USN-2389-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 78698


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


It was discovered that libxml2 would incorrectly perform entity substitution even when requested not to. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a specially crafted document, an attacker could possibly cause resource consumption, resulting in a denial of service.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected libxml2 package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 78698

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2389-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/10/28

Modified: 2016/05/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libxml2, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/10/27

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3660

BID: 70644

OSVDB: 113389

USN: 2389-1