USN-2875-1: libxml2 vulnerabilities

19 January 2016

libxml2 vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Ubuntu 15.04
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • libxml2 - GNOME XML library


It was discovered that libxml2 incorrectly handled certain malformed documents. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a specially crafted document, an attacker could possibly cause libxml2 to crash, resulting in a denial of service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 15.10
libxml2 - 2.9.2+zdfsg1-4ubuntu0.3
Ubuntu 15.04
libxml2 - 2.9.2+dfsg1-3ubuntu0.3
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libxml2 - 2.9.1+dfsg1-3ubuntu4.7
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
libxml2 - 2.7.8.dfsg-5.1ubuntu4.14

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.