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Ubuntu: 1527-1: Expat vulnerabilities Print E-mail
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Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Ubuntu Expat could be made to cause a denial of service by consuming excessive CPUand memory resources.
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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1527-1
August 10, 2012

expat vulnerabilities
==========================================================================

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 11.10
- Ubuntu 11.04
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Summary:

Expat could be made to cause a denial of service by consuming excessive CPU
and memory resources.

Software Description:
- expat: XML parsing C library - example application

Details:

It was discovered that Expat computed hash values without restricting the
ability to trigger hash collisions predictably. If a user or application linked
against Expat were tricked into opening a crafted XML file, an attacker could
cause a denial of service by consuming excessive CPU resources. (CVE-2012-0876)

Tim Boddy discovered that Expat did not properly handle memory reallocation
when processing XML files. If a user or application linked against Expat were
tricked into opening a crafted XML file, an attacker could cause a denial of
service by consuming excessive memory resources. This issue only affected
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, 10.04 LTS, 11.04 and 11.10. (CVE-2012-1148)

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
package versions:

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
  lib64expat1                     2.0.1-7.2ubuntu1.1
  libexpat1                       2.0.1-7.2ubuntu1.1
  libexpat1-udeb                  2.0.1-7.2ubuntu1.1

Ubuntu 11.10:
  lib64expat1                     2.0.1-7ubuntu3.11.10.1
  libexpat1                       2.0.1-7ubuntu3.11.10.1
  libexpat1-udeb                  2.0.1-7ubuntu3.11.10.1

Ubuntu 11.04:
  lib64expat1                     2.0.1-7ubuntu3.11.04.1
  libexpat1                       2.0.1-7ubuntu3.11.04.1
  libexpat1-udeb                  2.0.1-7ubuntu3.11.04.1

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
  lib64expat1                     2.0.1-7ubuntu1.1
  libexpat1                       2.0.1-7ubuntu1.1
  libexpat1-udeb                  2.0.1-7ubuntu1.1

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
  lib64expat1                     2.0.1-0ubuntu1.2
  libexpat1                       2.0.1-0ubuntu1.2
  libexpat1-udeb                  2.0.1-0ubuntu1.2

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart any applications linked
against Expat to effect the necessary changes.

References:
  http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-1527-1
  CVE-2012-0876, CVE-2012-1148

Package Information:
  https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/expat/2.0.1-7.2ubuntu1.1
  https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/expat/2.0.1-7ubuntu3.11.10.1
  https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/expat/2.0.1-7ubuntu3.11.04.1
  https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/expat/2.0.1-7ubuntu1.1
  https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/expat/2.0.1-0ubuntu1.2


 
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