GLSA 200806-02 libxslt: Execution of arbitrary code
Posted on: 06/03/2008 09:40 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - libxslt: Execution of arbitrary code. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200806-02
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: libxslt: Execution of arbitrary code
Date: June 03, 2008
Bugs: #222499
ID: 200806-02

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability was found in libxslt, possibly resulting in the
execution of arbitrary code and Denial of Service.

Background
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Libxslt is the XSLT C library developed for the GNOME project. XSLT
itself is an XML language to define transformations for XML.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-libs/libxslt lt; 1.1.24 gt;= 1.1.24

Description
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Anthony de Almeida Lopes reported a vulnerability in libxslt when
handling XSL style-sheet files, which could be exploited to trigger the
use of uninitialized memory, e.g. in a call to "free()".

Impact
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A remote attacker could entice a user or automated system to process an
XML file using a specially crafted XSL transformation file, possibly
resulting in the execution of arbitrary code or a Denial of Service.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All libxslt users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-libs/libxslt-1.1.24"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-1767
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-1767

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-200806-02.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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