Debian Security Advisory

DSA-3199-1 xerces-c -- security update

Date Reported:
20 Mar 2015
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Debian bugtracking system: Bug 780827.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2015-0252.
More information:

Anton Rager and Jonathan Brossard from the Product Security Team and Ben Laurie of Google discovered a denial of service vulnerability in xerces-c, a validating XML parser library for C++. The parser mishandles certain kinds of malformed input documents, resulting in a segmentation fault during a parse operation. An unauthenticated attacker could use this flaw to cause an application using the xerces-c library to crash.

For the stable distribution (wheezy), this problem has been fixed in version 3.1.1-3+deb7u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your xerces-c packages.