Oracle Linux 6 / 7 : expat (ELSA-2016-2824)

High Nessus Plugin ID 95379


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


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2016:2824 :

An update for expat is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

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

Expat is a C library for parsing XML documents.

Security Fix(es) :

* An out-of-bounds read flaw was found in the way Expat processed certain input. A remote attacker could send specially crafted XML that, when parsed by an application using the Expat library, would cause that application to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code with the permission of the user running the application.

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


Update the affected expat packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 95379

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2016-2824.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/11/29

Modified: 2017/08/15

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.4

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:U/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:expat, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:expat-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:expat-static, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:6, 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: 2016/11/28

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-0718

OSVDB: 138680

RHSA: 2016:2824