GLSA 200903-19 Xerces-C++: Denial of Service
Posted on: 03/09/2009 06:20 PM

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

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200903-19
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Xerces-C++: Denial of Service
Date: March 09, 2009
Bugs: #240496
ID: 200903-19

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Synopsis
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An error in Xerces-C++ allows for a Denial of Service via malicious XML
schema files.

Background
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Xerces-C++ is a validating XML parser written in a portable subset of
C++.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-libs/xerces-c lt; 3.0.0-r1 gt;= 3.0.0-r1

Description
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Frank Rast reported that the XML parser in Xerces-C++ does not
correctly handle an XML schema definition with a large maxOccurs value,
which triggers excessive memory consumption during the validation of an
XML file.

Impact
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A remote attacker could entice a user or automated system to validate
an XML file using a specially crafted XML schema file, leading to a
Denial of Service (stack consumption and crash).

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Xerces-C++ users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-libs/xerces-c-3.0.0-r1"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-4482
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-4482

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-200903-19.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 2009 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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