RHEL 6 : libxml2 (RHSA-2015:2549)

High Nessus Plugin ID 87233


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated libxml2 packages that fix multiple security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Moderate security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

The libxml2 library is a development toolbox providing the implementation of various XML standards.

Several denial of service flaws were found in libxml2, a library providing support for reading, modifying, and writing XML and HTML files. A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted XML or HTML file that, when processed by an application using libxml2, would cause that application to use an excessive amount of CPU, leak potentially sensitive information, or in certain cases crash the application.
(CVE-2015-5312, CVE-2015-7497, CVE-2015-7498, CVE-2015-7499, CVE-2015-7500 CVE-2015-7941, CVE-2015-7942, CVE-2015-8241, CVE-2015-8242, CVE-2015-8317, BZ#1213957, BZ#1281955)

Red Hat would like to thank the GNOME project for reporting CVE-2015-7497, CVE-2015-7498, CVE-2015-7499, CVE-2015-7500, CVE-2015-8241, CVE-2015-8242, and CVE-2015-8317. Upstream acknowledges Kostya Serebryany of Google as the original reporter of CVE-2015-7497, CVE-2015-7498, CVE-2015-7499, and CVE-2015-7500; Hugh Davenport as the original reporter of CVE-2015-8241 and CVE-2015-8242; and Hanno Boeck as the original reporter of CVE-2015-8317.

All libxml2 users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct these issues. The desktop must be restarted (log out, then log back in) for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 87233

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2015-2549.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.8 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/12/08

Modified: 2017/01/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

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


Base Score: 9.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-python, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libxml2-static, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.7

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/12/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-5312, CVE-2015-7497, CVE-2015-7498, CVE-2015-7499, CVE-2015-7500, CVE-2015-7941, CVE-2015-7942, CVE-2015-8241, CVE-2015-8242, CVE-2015-8317, CVE-2015-8710

OSVDB: 121175, 130292, 130435, 130535, 130536, 130538, 130539, 130543, 130641, 130642

RHSA: 2015:2549