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USN-5638-3: Expat vulnerability

23 November 2022

Expat could be made to crash or execute arbitrary code.



  • expat - XML parsing C library


USN-5638-1 fixed a vulnerability in Expat. This update provides
the corresponding updates for Ubuntu 16.04 ESM, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS,
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and Ubuntu 22.10. (CVE-2022-43680)
This update also fixes a minor regression introduced in
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

Rhodri James discovered that Expat incorrectly handled memory when
processing certain malformed XML files. An attacker could possibly
use this issue to cause a crash or execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 22.10
Ubuntu 22.04
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.


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