USN-1817-1: libxml2 vulnerability

7 May 2013

libxml2 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 13.04


libxml2 could be made to crash or run programs if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • libxml2 - GNOME XML library


It was discovered that libxml2 incorrectly handled memory management when parsing certain XML files. An attacker could use this flaw to cause libxml2 to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or to possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.04
libxml2 - 2.9.0+dfsg1-4ubuntu4.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make all the necessary changes.