Oracle Linux 7 : xerces-c (ELSA-2016-0430)

High Nessus Plugin ID 89859


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


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2016:0430 :

Updated xerces-c packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

Xerces-C is a validating XML parser written in a portable subset of C++.

It was discovered that the Xerces-C XML parser did not properly process certain XML input. By providing specially crafted XML data to an application using Xerces-C for XML processing, a remote attacker could exploit this flaw to cause an application crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the application.

Red Hat would like to thank Gustavo Grieco for reporting this issue.

All xerces-c users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. After installing the update, all applications using Xerces-C must be restarted for the update to take effect.


Update the affected xerces-c packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 89859

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2016-0430.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/03/11

Modified: 2016/12/07

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

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


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:oracle:linux:xerces-c, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:xerces-c-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:xerces-c-doc, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:7

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/03/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-0729

OSVDB: 134967

RHSA: 2016:0430