GLSA 200808-06 libxslt: Execution of arbitrary code
Posted on: 08/06/2008 11:30 PM

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

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200808-06
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: libxslt: Execution of arbitrary code
Date: August 06, 2008
Bugs: #232172
ID: 200808-06

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Synopsis
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libxslt is affected by a heap-based buffer overflow, possibly leading
to the execution of arbitrary code.

Background
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libxslt is the XSLT C library developed for the GNOME project. XSLT 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-r1 gt;= 1.1.24-r1
lt; 1.1.8

Description
===========

Chris Evans (Google Security) reported that the libexslt library that
is part of libxslt is affected by a heap-based buffer overflow in the
RC4 encryption/decryption functions.

Impact
======

A remote attacker could entice a user to process an XML file using a
specially crafted XSLT stylesheet in an application linked against
libxslt, possibly leading to the execution of arbitrary code with the
privileges of the user running the application.

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-r1"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-2935
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-2935

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-200808-06.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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