GLSA 200403-01: Libxml2 URI Parsing Buffer Overflow
Posted on: 03/07/2004 03:53 AM

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200403-01

~ Severity: Normal
~ Title: Libxml2 URI Parsing Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities
~ Date: March 06, 2004
~ Bugs: #42735
~ ID: 200403-01

Synopsis
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A buffer overflow has been discovered in libxml2 versions prior to 2.6.6 which may be exploited by an attacker allowing the execution of arbitrary code.

Description
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Yuuichi Teranishi discovered a flaw in libxml2 versions prior to 2.6.6. When the libxml2 library fetches a remote resource via FTP or HTTP, libxml2 uses parsing routines that can overflow a buffer caused by improper bounds checking if they are passed a URL longer than 4096 bytes.

Impact
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If an attacker is able to exploit an application using libxml2 that parses remote resources, then this flaw could be used to execute arbitrary code.

Workaround
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No workaround is available; users are urged to upgrade libxml2 to 2.6.6.

Resolution
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All users are recommended to upgrade their libxml2 installation:

~ # emerge sync
~ # emerge -pv ">=dev-libs/libxml2-2.6.6"
~ # emerge ">=dev-libs/libxml2-2.6.6"

References
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~ [ 1 ] http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2004-0110

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.


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