Debian Security Advisory

DSA-3057-1 libxml2 -- security update

Date Reported:
26 Oct 2014
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Debian bugtracking system: Bug 762864, Bug 765722, Bug 765770.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2014-3660.
More information:

Sogeti found a denial of service flaw in libxml2, a library providing support to read, modify and write XML and HTML files. A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted XML file that, when processed by an application using libxml2, would lead to excessive CPU consumption (denial of service) based on excessive entity substitutions, even if entity substitution was disabled, which is the parser default behavior. (CVE-2014-3660)

In addition, this update addresses a misapplied chunk for a patch released in version 2.8.0+dfsg1-7+wheezy1 (#762864), and a memory leak regression (#765770) introduced in version 2.8.0+dfsg1-7+nmu3.

For the stable distribution (wheezy), this problem has been fixed in version 2.8.0+dfsg1-7+wheezy2.

For the unstable distribution (sid), this problem has been fixed in version 2.9.2+dfsg1-1.

We recommend that you upgrade your libxml2 packages.