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libxslt: Execution of arbitrary code



libxslt: Execution of arbitrary code
libxslt: Execution of arbitrary code



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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200808-06
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: libxslt: Execution of arbitrary code
      Date: August 06, 2008
      Bugs: #232172
        ID: 200808-06

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Synopsis
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libxslt is affected by a heap-based buffer overflow, possibly leading
to the execution of arbitrary code.

Background
=========
libxslt is the XSLT C library developed for the GNOME project. XSLT is
an XML language to define transformations for XML.

Affected packages
================
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     Package           /   Vulnerable   /                   Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  dev-libs/libxslt      < 1.1.24-r1                    >= 1.1.24-r1
                                                               < 1.1.8

Description
==========
Chris Evans (Google Security) reported that the libexslt library that
is part of libxslt is affected by a heap-based buffer overflow in the
RC4 encryption/decryption functions.

Impact
=====
A remote attacker could entice a user to process an XML file using a
specially crafted XSLT stylesheet in an application linked against
libxslt, possibly leading to the execution of arbitrary code with the
privileges of the user running the application.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
=========
All libxslt users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-libs/libxslt-1.1.24-r1"

References
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  [ 1 ] CVE-2008-2935
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-2935 

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200808-06.xml 

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at 
http://bugs.gentoo.org. 

License
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Copyright 2008 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 


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