Debian DLA-483-1 : expat security update

critical Nessus Plugin ID 91265
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Synopsis

The remote Debian host is missing a security update.

Description

Gustavo Grieco discovered that Expat, a XML parsing C library, does not properly handle certain kinds of malformed input documents, resulting in buffer overflows during processing and error reporting. A remote attacker can take advantage of this flaw to cause an application using the Expat library to crash, or potentially, to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application.

For Debian 7 'Wheezy', these problems have been fixed in version 2.1.0-1+deb7u3.

We recommend that you upgrade your expat packages.

NOTE: Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the DLA security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.

Solution

Upgrade the affected packages.

See Also

https://lists.debian.org/debian-lts-announce/2016/05/msg00036.html

https://packages.debian.org/source/wheezy/expat

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 91265

File Name: debian_DLA-483.nasl

Version: 2.14

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/20/2016

Updated: 1/11/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

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

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.5

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:expat, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:lib64expat1, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:lib64expat1-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libexpat1, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libexpat1-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libexpat1-udeb, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:7.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/19/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-0718