libxml2: Denial of Service — GLSA 201412-06

A vulnerability in libxml2 could result in Denial of Service.

Affected Packages

dev-libs/libxml2 on all architectures
Affected versions < 2.9.2
Unaffected versions >= 2.9.2

Background

libxml2 is the XML C parser and toolkit developed for the Gnome project.

Description

parser.c in libxml2 before 2.9.2 does not properly prevent entity expansion even when entity substitution has been disabled.

Impact

A context-dependent attacker could entice a user to a specially crafted XML file using an application linked against libxml2, possibly resulting in a Denial of Service condition.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All libxml2 users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-libs/libxml2-2.9.2"
 

Packages which depend on this library may need to be recompiled. Tools such as revdep-rebuild may assist in identifying these packages.

References

Release Date
December 10, 2014

Latest Revision
December 10, 2014: 1

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local, remote

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