USN-2214-3: libxml2 regression

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2214-3

17th June, 2014

libxml2 regression

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 13.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


USN-2214-1 introduced a regression in libxml2.

Software description

  • libxml2 - GNOME XML library


USN-2214-1 fixed vulnerabilities in libxml2. The upstream fix introduced a
number of regressions. This update fixes the problem.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

Daniel Berrange discovered that libxml2 would incorrectly perform entity
substitution even when requested not to. If a user or automated system were
tricked into opening a specially crafted document, an attacker could
possibly cause resource consumption, resulting in a denial of service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
libxml2 2.9.1+dfsg1-3ubuntu4.3
Ubuntu 13.10:
libxml2 2.9.1+dfsg1-3ubuntu2.3
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
libxml2 2.7.8.dfsg-5.1ubuntu4.9
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
libxml2 2.7.6.dfsg-1ubuntu1.13

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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


LP: 1321869