USN-3921-1: XMLTooling vulnerability

26 March 2019

xmltooling vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 18.10
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • xmltooling - C++ XML parsing library with encryption support


It was discovered that XMLTooling incorrectly handled certain XML files with invalid data. An attacker could use this issue to cause XMLTooling 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 18.10
libxmltooling8 - 3.0.2-1ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
libxmltooling7 - 1.6.4-1ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
libxmltooling6v5 - 1.5.6-2ubuntu0.3
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libxmltooling6 - 1.5.3-2+deb8u3ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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