Amazon Linux AMI : expat (ALAS-2016-775)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 95895
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The remote Amazon Linux AMI host is missing a security update.


CVE-2016-0718 : Out-of-bounds read flaw

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



Run 'yum update expat' to update your system.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 95895

File Name: ala_ALAS-2016-775.nasl

Version: 3.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 12/16/2016

Updated: 4/18/2018

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

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


Risk Factor: Critical

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:amazon:linux:expat, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:expat-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:expat-devel, cpe:/o:amazon:linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 12/15/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-0718

ALAS: 2016-775

RHSA: 2016:2824