USN-2994-1: libxml2 vulnerabilities

6 June 2016

libxml2 vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in libxml2.

Software Description

  • libxml2 - GNOME XML library

Details

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. (CVE-2015-8806, CVE-2016-2073, CVE-2016-3627, CVE-2016-3705, CVE-2016-4447)

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 cause libxml2 to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2016-1762, CVE-2016-1834)

Mateusz Jurczyk 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 cause libxml2 to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2016-1833, CVE-2016-1838, CVE-2016-1839)

Wei Lei and Liu Yang 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 cause libxml2 to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2016-1835, CVE-2016-1837)

Wei Lei and Liu Yang 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 cause libxml2 to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 15.10 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. (CVE-2016-1836)

Kostya Serebryany 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 cause libxml2 to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2016-1840)

It was discovered that libxml2 would load certain XML external entities. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a specially crafted document, an attacker could possibly obtain access to arbitrary files or cause resource consumption. (CVE-2016-4449)

Gustavo Grieco 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. (CVE-2016-4483)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
libxml2 - 2.9.3+dfsg1-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 15.10
libxml2 - 2.9.2+zdfsg1-4ubuntu0.4
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libxml2 - 2.9.1+dfsg1-3ubuntu4.8
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
libxml2 - 2.7.8.dfsg-5.1ubuntu4.15

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

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

References