USN-2551-1: Apache Standard Taglibs vulnerability

30 March 2015

jakarta-taglibs-standard vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Apache Standard Taglibs loaded external XML entities.

Software Description

  • jakarta-taglibs-standard - Implementation of JSP Standard Tag Library (JSTL)


David Jorm discovered that the Apache Standard Taglibs incorrectly handled external XML entities. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code or perform other external XML entity attacks.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.10
libjakarta-taglibs-standard-java - 1.1.2-2ubuntu1.14.10.1
libjstl1.1-java - 1.1.2-2ubuntu1.14.10.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libjakarta-taglibs-standard-java - 1.1.2-2ubuntu1.14.04.1
libjstl1.1-java - 1.1.2-2ubuntu1.14.04.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.