Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 16.10 : libxml2 vulnerabilities (USN-3235-1)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 97793

Synopsis

The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.

Description

It was discovered that libxml2 incorrectly handled format strings. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a specially crafted document, an attacker could possibly cause libxml2 to crash, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. (CVE-2016-4448)

It was discovered that libxml2 incorrectly handled certain malformed documents. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a specially crafted document, an attacker could cause libxml2 to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.
(CVE-2016-4658)

Nick Wellnhofer discovered that libxml2 incorrectly handled certain malformed documents. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a specially crafted document, an attacker could cause libxml2 to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2016-5131).

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

Solution

Update the affected libxml2 package.

See Also

https://usn.ubuntu.com/3235-1/

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 97793

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3235-1.nasl

Version: 3.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/03/17

Updated: 2019/09/18

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical

CVSS v2.0

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

CVSS v3.0

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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libxml2, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2017/03/16

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/06/09

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-4448, CVE-2016-4658, CVE-2016-5131

USN: 3235-1