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Vulnerability Details : CVE-2008-3281

libxml2 2.6.32 and earlier does not properly detect recursion during entity expansion in an attribute value, which allows context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (memory and CPU consumption) via a crafted XML document.
Publish Date : 2008-08-27 Last Update Date : 2018-10-11
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- CVSS Scores & Vulnerability Types

CVSS Score
Confidentiality Impact None (There is no impact to the confidentiality of the system.)
Integrity Impact None (There is no impact to the integrity of the system)
Availability Impact Partial (There is reduced performance or interruptions in resource availability.)
Access Complexity Medium (The access conditions are somewhat specialized. Some preconditions must be satistified to exploit)
Authentication Not required (Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.)
Gained Access None
Vulnerability Type(s) Denial Of Service
CWE ID 399

- Additional Vendor Supplied Data

Vendor Impact CVSS Score CVSS Vector Report Date Publish Date
Redhat moderate 2008-08-05 2008-08-20
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- Related OVAL Definitions

Title Definition Id Class Family
CVE-2008-3281 unix
DSA-1631 libxml2 -- denial of service oval:org.mitre.oval:def:7968 unix
DSA-1631-1 libxml2 - denial of service oval:org.mitre.oval:def:19740 unix
ELSA-2008:0836: libxml2 security update (Moderate) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:21731 unix
libxml2 2.6.32 and earlier does not properly detect recursion during entity expansion in an attribute value, which allow... oval:org.mitre.oval:def:9812 unix
Libxml2 Recursive Entity Evaluation Bug Lets Remote Users Deny Service oval:org.mitre.oval:def:6496 unix
RHSA-2008:0836 -- libxml2 security update (Moderate) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:29241 unix
RHSA-2008:0836: libxml2 security update (Moderate) oval:com.redhat.rhsa:def:20080836 unix
OVAL (Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language) definitions define exactly what should be done to verify a vulnerability or a missing patch. Check out the OVAL definitions if you want to learn what you should do to verify a vulnerability.

- Products Affected By CVE-2008-3281

# Product Type Vendor Product Version Update Edition Language
1 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.4.19 Version Details Vulnerabilities
2 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.4.23 Version Details Vulnerabilities
3 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.5.4 Version Details Vulnerabilities
4 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.5.10 Version Details Vulnerabilities
5 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.5.11 Version Details Vulnerabilities
6 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.6.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
7 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.6.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
8 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.6.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
9 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.6.3 Version Details Vulnerabilities
10 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.6.11 Version Details Vulnerabilities
11 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.6.12 Version Details Vulnerabilities
12 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.6.13 Version Details Vulnerabilities
13 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.6.14 Version Details Vulnerabilities
14 Application Xmlsoft Libxml2 2.6.32 Version Details Vulnerabilities

- Number Of Affected Versions By Product

Vendor Product Vulnerable Versions
Xmlsoft Libxml2 14

- References For CVE-2008-3281
VUPEN ADV-2009-1621
VUPEN ADV-2008-2419
VUPEN ADV-2009-1522
VUPEN ADV-2008-2843
VUPEN ADV-2008-2971
BUGTRAQ 20081031 VMSA-2008-0017 Updated ESX packages for libxml2, ucd-snmp, libtiff
BID 30783 libxml2 Recursive Entity Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability Release Date:2009-06-18
SECTRACK 1020728
GENTOO GLSA-200812-06
MLIST [xml] 20080820 Security fix for libxml2
MLIST [Security-announce] 20081030 VMSA-2008-0017 Updated ESX packages for libxml2, ucd-snmp, libtiff
APPLE APPLE-SA-2009-06-08-1
SUSE SUSE-SR:2008:018
APPLE APPLE-SA-2009-06-17-1

- Metasploit Modules Related To CVE-2008-3281

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