GLSA-201412-06 : libxml2: Denial of Service

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 79959


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201412-06 (libxml2: Denial of Service)

parser.c in libxml2 before 2.9.2 does not properly prevent entity expansion even when entity substitution has been disabled.
Impact :

A context-dependent attacker could entice a user to a specially crafted XML file using an application linked against libxml2, possibly resulting in a Denial of Service condition.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All libxml2 users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-libs/libxml2-2.9.2' Packages which depend on this library may need to be recompiled. Tools such as revdep-rebuild may assist in identifying these packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 79959

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201412-06.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Published: 2014/12/15

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:libxml2, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/12/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3660

BID: 70644

GLSA: 201412-06