Amazon Linux AMI : xerces-j2 (ALAS-2014-436)

high Nessus Plugin ID 78779
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The remote Amazon Linux AMI host is missing a security update.


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.


Run 'yum update xerces-j2' to update your system.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 78779

File Name: ala_ALAS-2014-436.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 11/3/2014

Updated: 4/18/2018

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 2.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.1

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:xerces-j2, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:xerces-j2-demo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:xerces-j2-javadoc-apis, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:xerces-j2-javadoc-impl, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:xerces-j2-javadoc-other, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:xerces-j2-javadoc-xni, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:xerces-j2-scripts, cpe:/o:amazon:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/AmazonLinux/release, Host/AmazonLinux/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 10/28/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-4002

ALAS: 2014-436

RHSA: 2014:1319