Synopsis: Moderate: libxml2 security update
Issue Date: 2012-02-21
CVE Numbers: CVE-2012-0841
The libxml2 library is a development toolbox providing the implementation
of various XML standards.
It was found that the hashing routine used by libxml2 arrays was
susceptible to predictable hash collisions. Sending a specially-crafted
message to an XML service could result in longer processing time, which
could lead to a denial of service. To mitigate this issue, randomization
has been added to the hashing function to reduce the chance of an attacker
successfully causing intentional collisions. (CVE-2012-0841)
All users of libxml2 are advised to upgrade to these updated packages,
which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. The desktop must
be restarted (log out, then log back in) for this update to take effect.
– Scientific Linux Development Team