libxml2: Denial of Service — GLSA 201507-08

A vulnerability in libxml2 allows a remote attacker to cause Denial of Service.

Affected Packages

dev-libs/libxml2 on all architectures
Affected versions < 2.9.2-r1
Unaffected versions >= 2.9.2-r1

Background

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

Description

libxml2 returns the empty string when the allocation limit is encountered while constructing the attribute value string.

Impact

A remote attacker may be able to cause Denial of Service via a specially crafted XML file.

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-r1"
 

References

Release Date
July 07, 2015

Latest Revision
July 07, 2015: 1

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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