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CVE-2008-4409 Detail


libxml2 2.7.0 and 2.7.1 does not properly handle "predefined entities definitions" in entities, which allows context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption and application crash), as demonstrated by use of xmllint on a certain XML document, a different vulnerability than CVE-2003-1564 and CVE-2008-3281.

Source:  MITRE      Last Modified:  10/03/2008

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Access Vector:
Network exploitable
Access Complexity:
Not required to exploit
Impact Type:
Allows disruption of service

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Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (01/01/1900)

Not vulnerable. This issue did not affect the versions of libxml2 as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, 4, or 5.

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Hyperlink Resource Type Source Name Exploit External Source CONFIRM External Source APPLE APPLE-SA-2009-06-08-1 External Source APPLE APPLE-SA-2009-06-17-1 External Source MLIST [oss-security] 20081002 libxml2 "ampproblem" DoS External Source GENTOO GLSA-200812-06 External Source CONFIRM External Source CONFIRM External Source MANDRIVA MDVSA-2008:212 External Source BID 31555 External Source VUPEN ADV-2009-1522 External Source VUPEN ADV-2009-1621 External Source XF libxml2-xml-file-dos(45633) External Source FEDORA FEDORA-2008-8575 External Source FEDORA FEDORA-2008-8582

Technical Details

Vulnerability Type (View All)

  • Resource Management Errors (CWE-399)

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