[USN-2983-1] Expat vulnerability

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at canonical.com
Wed May 18 11:51:32 UTC 2016

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2983-1
May 18, 2016

expat vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 15.10
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Expat could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a
specially crafted file.

Software Description:
- expat: XML parsing C library


Gustavo Grieco discovered that Expat incorrectly handled malformed XML
data. If a user or application linked against Expat were tricked into
opening a crafted XML file, an attacker could cause a denial of service, or
possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2016-0718)

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
package versions:

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
  lib64expat1                     2.1.0-7ubuntu0.16.04.1
  libexpat1                       2.1.0-7ubuntu0.16.04.1

Ubuntu 15.10:
  lib64expat1                     2.1.0-7ubuntu0.15.10.1
  libexpat1                       2.1.0-7ubuntu0.15.10.1

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
  lib64expat1                     2.1.0-4ubuntu1.2
  libexpat1                       2.1.0-4ubuntu1.2

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
  lib64expat1                     2.0.1-7.2ubuntu1.3
  libexpat1                       2.0.1-7.2ubuntu1.3

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart any applications linked
against Expat to effect the necessary changes.


Package Information:

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