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Gentoo: libxml2 Buffer overflow vulnerability Print E-mail
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Gentoo Bug may be exploited by an attacker allowing the execution of arbitrary code.

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200403-01
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~  Severity: Normal
~     Title: Libxml2 URI Parsing Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities
~      Date: March 06, 2004
~      Bugs: #42735
~        ID: 200403-01

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Synopsis
========

A buffer overflow has been discovered in libxml2 versions prior to
2.6.6 which may be exploited by an attacker allowing the execution of
arbitrary code.

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

Yuuichi Teranishi discovered a flaw in libxml2 versions prior to 2.6.6.
When the libxml2 library fetches a remote resource via FTP or HTTP,
libxml2 uses parsing routines that can overflow a buffer caused by
improper bounds checking if they are passed a URL longer than 4096
bytes.

Impact
======

If an attacker is able to exploit an application using libxml2 that
parses remote resources, then this flaw could be used to execute
arbitrary code.

Workaround
==========

No workaround is available; users are urged to upgrade libxml2 to
2.6.6.

Resolution
==========

All users are recommended to upgrade their libxml2 installation:

~    # emerge sync
~    # emerge -pv ">=dev-libs/libxml2-2.6.6"
~    # emerge ">=dev-libs/libxml2-2.6.6"

References
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~  [ 1 ]  http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2004-0110

Concerns?
=========

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.

 
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