GLSA-201604-02 : Xalan-Java: Arbitrary code execution

High Nessus Plugin ID 90340


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201604-02 (Xalan-Java: Arbitrary code execution)

The TransformerFactory in Apache Xalan-Java does not properly restrict access to certain properties when FEATURE_SECURE_PROCESSING is enabled.
This can also be exploited via a Java property that is bound to the XSLT 1.0 system-property function.
Impact :

A remote attacker could inject specially crafted XSLT properties resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the process.
Workaround :

There is no known work around at this time.


All Xalan-Java users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-java/xalan-2.7.2'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 90340

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201604-02.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.1 $

Type: local

Published: 2016/04/05

Modified: 2016/04/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2016/04/02

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-0107

GLSA: 201604-02