GLSA 200801-20 libxml2: Denial of Service
Posted on: 01/31/2008 01:05 AM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - libxml2: Denial of Service. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200801-20
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: libxml2: Denial of Service
Date: January 30, 2008
Bugs: #202628
ID: 200801-20

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Synopsis
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A Denial of Service vulnerability has been reported in libxml2.

Background
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libxml2 is the XML (eXtended Markup Language) C parser and toolkit
initially developed for the Gnome project.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-libs/libxml2 lt; 2.6.30-r1 gt;= 2.6.30-r1

Description
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Brad Fitzpatrick reported that the xmlCurrentChar() function does not
properly handle some UTF-8 multibyte encodings.

Impact
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A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted XML
document with an application using libxml2, possibly resulting in a
high CPU consumption. Note that this vulnerability could also be
triggered without user interaction by an automated system processing
XML content.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All libxml2 users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-libs/libxml2-2.6.30-r1"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2007-6284
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-6284

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200801-20.xml

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.

License
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Copyright 2008 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5



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