Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 15.10 / 16.04 LTS : expat vulnerability (USN-2983-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 91259
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionGustavo Grieco discovered that Expat incorrectly handled malformed XML data. If a user or application linked against Expat were tricked into opening a crafted XML file, an attacker could cause a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2016-0718).
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SolutionUpdate the affected lib64expat1 and / or libexpat1 packages.