CentOS Errata and Security Advisory CESA-2015:2550
The libxml2 library is a development toolbox providing the implementation of various XML standards.
Several denial of service flaws were found in libxml2, a library providing support for reading, modifying, and writing XML and HTML files. A remote attacker could provide a specially crafted XML or HTML file that, when processed by an application using libxml2, would cause that application to use an excessive amount of CPU, leak potentially sensitive information, or in certain cases crash the application. (CVE-2015-1819, CVE-2015-5312, CVE-2015-7497, CVE-2015-7498, CVE-2015-7499, CVE-2015-7500 CVE-2015-7941, CVE-2015-7942, CVE-2015-8241, CVE-2015-8242, CVE-2015-8317, BZ#1213957, BZ#1281955)
Red Hat would like to thank the GNOME project for reporting CVE-2015-7497, CVE-2015-7498, CVE-2015-7499, CVE-2015-7500, CVE-2015-8241, CVE-2015-8242, and CVE-2015-8317. Upstream acknowledges Kostya Serebryany of Google as the original reporter of CVE-2015-7497, CVE-2015-7498, CVE-2015-7499, and CVE-2015-7500; Hugh Davenport as the original reporter of CVE-2015-8241 and CVE-2015-8242; and Hanno Boeck as the original reporter of CVE-2015-8317. The CVE-2015-1819 issue was discovered by Florian Weimer of Red Hat Product Security.
All libxml2 users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct these issues. The desktop must be restarted (log out, then log back in) for this update to take effect.
Merged security bulletin from advisories: http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-cr-announce/2015-December/008930.html
Affected packages: libxml2 libxml2-devel libxml2-python libxml2-static
Upstream details at: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2015-2550.html