SUSE SLED12 / SLES12 Security Update : xerces-c (SUSE-SU-2016:2154-1)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 93308


The remote SUSE host is missing one or more security updates.


xerces-c was updated to fix one security issue. This security issue was fixed :

- CVE-2016-2099: Use-after-free vulnerability in validators/DTD/DTDScanner.cpp in Apache Xerces C++ did not properly handle exceptions raised in the XMLReader class, which allowed context-dependent attackers to have unspecified impact via an invalid character in an XML document (bsc#979208).

- CVE-2016-4463: Apache Xerces-C XML Parser crashed on malformed DTD (bnc#985860).

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


To install this SUSE Security Update use YaST online_update.
Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product :

SUSE Linux Enterprise Software Development Kit 12-SP1:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SDK-12-SP1-2016-1271=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12-SP1:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-SP1-2016-1271=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12-SP1:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-DESKTOP-12-SP1-2016-1271=1

To bring your system up-to-date, use 'zypper patch'.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 93308

File Name: suse_SU-2016-2154-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/09/02

Modified: 2018/01/11

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.4

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

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


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: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libxerces-c, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libxerces-c-3_1, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libxerces-c-3_1-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xerces-c-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xerces-c-debugsource, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:12

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/08/25

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-2099, CVE-2016-4463

OSVDB: 138217, 139642