GLSA-201701-21 : Expat: Multiple vulnerabilities

critical Nessus Plugin ID 96415


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201701-21 (Expat: Multiple vulnerabilities)

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Expat. Please review the CVE identifiers referenced below for details.
Impact :

A remote attacker, by enticing a user to process a specially crafted XML file, could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the process or cause a Denial of Service condition. This attack could also be used against automated systems that arbitrarily process XML files.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Expat users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-libs/expat-2.2.0-r1'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 96415

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201701-21.nasl

Version: 3.2

Type: local

Published: 1/12/2017

Updated: 1/11/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

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


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:gentoo:linux:expat, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 1/11/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-6702, CVE-2013-0340, CVE-2015-1283, CVE-2016-0718, CVE-2016-4472, CVE-2016-5300

GLSA: 201701-21