RHEL 6 / 7 : expat (RHSA-2016:2824)

High Nessus Plugin ID 95381


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


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 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 95381

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2016-2824.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.5 $

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:redhat:enterprise_linux:expat, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:expat-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:expat-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:expat-static, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7.3

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

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