Scientific Linux Security Update : libxml2 on SL6.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 85200


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


A denial of service flaw was found in the way the libxml2 library parsed certain XML files. An attacker could provide a specially crafted XML file that, when parsed by an application using libxml2, could cause that application to use an excessive amount of memory.

This issue was discovered by Florian Weimer of Red Hat Product Security.

This update also fixes the following bug :

This update fixes an error that occurred when running a test case for the serialization of HTML documents.

The desktop must be restarted (log out, then log back in) for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 85200

File Name: sl_20150722_libxml2_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/08/04

Modified: 2015/08/18

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2015/07/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-1819